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It's That Time of Year Again: OSHA's Top 10

OSHA Top 10

Every year OSHA comes out with the top 10 violations in hopes that those who have not yet been cited will take note and make the changes necessary to save their facility from falling prey to the common violations that have plagued others. For the past 5 years running fall protection has topped the list with little movement in the other 9 spots, often including Lockout/Tagout, Respiratory Protection, and Scaffolding to name a few. Does this year tell the same story?

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

Following right behind the release of the OSHA top 10 also came the release of the top 15 deadliest jobs in America. Much like the OSHA list, this list also has many of the same occupations as it has in past years. Not surprisingly with many of the occupations involve working at heights or other hazards featured on the OSHA list.

Realizing that knowingly not addressing these hazards properly is killing people at drastically higher rates than those who are , should make employers stop and think about what they can and should be doing differently, however the little movement in the top 10 may suggest otherwise. If people dying won’t do it, what’s it going to take?


What are the Odds: Unique Workplace Injuries That Remind Us of the Importance of Workplace Safety

Workplace hazards

Wild animals, objects falling out of the sky, blenders and oncoming trains. Not the usual suspects when it comes to everyday workplace hazards but they have caught headlines for those unfortunate enough to meet their untimely acquaintance. While these hazards are a little outside of the ordinary, there aren’t any hazards that you can anticipate. All hazards should be expected and prepared for.

Here are a few examples that prove why “expect the unexpected” isn’t just a tired cliché, but rather a poignant warning to be taken seriously.

 Employer of bear mauling victim could face $15K in fines

An Idaho company is facing more than $15,000 in fines after one of its employees was killed in a bear mauling last year while he was conducting research alone and without bear spray or other personal defense tools in a wilderness area known to have grizzly bears.

 Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing worker

A worker fiddling with his tape measure on the 50th floor of a high-rise condo under construction accidentally dropped it and it landed on a man below, killing him.

‘Midnight Rider’ Production Company Cited for Willful, Serious Safety Violation

A worker was killed and several others were injured by a moving train that came barreling through them while they were installing equipment on active railroad tracks for a movie they were working on.



7 Sleep Benefits that Help You Put in a Better Days Work

Workplace Safety Sleep

The time is approaching to “fall back” into your winter wardrobe as daylight saving time comes to an end and the cold chill of the seasons changing starts to set in. While this time around we are all grateful to be getting an hour back, it is also worth mentioning what we are losing as a result: daylight. As the days get shorter, it is important to make sure you keep your sleep schedule on track. The adequate amount of sleep for your body is essential and has serious impact on your quality of life and the preservation of it.

An adequate night’s sleep helps you throughout the day with:

  • Better Memory
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Lower Stress
  • Less Pain
  • Better Mood
  • Lower Risk of Injury
  • Creativity

Continuous sleep problems can cause:

  • Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Accidents

When weighing the pros and cons of pulling an all-nighter, ask yourself if it’s really worth the trouble.



Workplace Safety News Roundup

Workplace Safety News

Keeping track of new OSHA regulations and taking advantage of supplemental safety training and reading materials makes a big difference in the success of the programs you implement in your workplace. Seeing what others are doing both for the better and worse help mold an all encompassing safety initiative. Here is a sampling of some of the news buzzing around workplace safety this month.

Bad News in Preliminary 2014 Fatal Work Injury Data

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries showed fatal work injuries increased by 2 percent in 2014 from the prior year, although the rate of 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers stayed the same. The preliminary total in 2014 was 4,679 fatal work injuries.

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Company ordered to pay $536K for retaliating against injured worker

OSHA has ordered North America’s second-largest freight railroad to reinstate an employee and pay him $536,063 for retaliating against him after reporting a knee injury.

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Top 10 apps for safety pros

At the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Safety 2015conference in Dallas, Paul Colangelo, National Director of Compliance Programs for ClickSafety, presented his Top 10 list of apps for safety pros.

Here’s his list

Texas worker injured after being denied safety equipment; employers cited

Despite his request for a safety harness, a temporary worker without fall protection on a roof later fell 12 feet through the roof. His fall resulted in his hospitalization with fractured arms and severe contusions. The employer, waited three days to report the injury, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administrationfound. Federal law requires employers to report such incidents within 24 hours.

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