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Everybody is on high alert when OSHA comes knocking on the door, especially when serious OSHA Violations can cost up to $14,000 and a Repeat Violation can soar up to $133,000.

You may be saying to yourself, “That’s a lot of money, how can we avoid those citations?”

While there are a lot of common mistakes that lead to citations, we’re going to focus on the top 10 most frequent OSHA citations.

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  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Control of Hazardous Energy (LOTO)
  6. Ladders
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Fall Protection (Training Requirements)
  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding
  10. Eye and Face Protection

Here we have the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations. Let’s review a couple of them.

Fall Protection

The number one violation is Fall Protection. Key things to remember when trying to prevent a citation on Fall Protection are:

1. Each employee on a walking/working surface 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by a guardrail system, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system. If a guardrail system is chosen to provide the fall protection, and a controlled access zone has already been established for leading-edge work, the control line may be used in lieu of a guardrail along the edge that parallels the leading edge.

2. Nearly 40% of deaths in construction are due to falls, so making sure that your employees are safe is not just something that should be done to prevent an OSHA citation but also to assure the safety of your people.

Hazard Communication

Hazard Communication is the second most commonly cited violation and this can come in many different forms, including but not limited to:

1. Not having an SDS Book present. This can be a huge deal as the SDS Book is the one location that should have all the necessary information on all the chemicals being used.

2. Having unlabeled chemicals throughout the job site or the facility. Dealing with unlabeled chemicals makes it easy to get things mixed up, confused with another, and ultimately can lead to serious injury or death if not careful.

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Naturally, we do not have time to talk in great detail about all 10 of these violations and the many variables that can surround each of them, but if you do have any further questions or would like to know more please reach out to our STC Team and we are happy to help.

Everything we do is centered around preserving the world’s most precious resource – human life. That is what is important, Our People. Although being safe and complying with the OSHA safety standards can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars, it will also keep your people safe.

Far too many preventable injuries occur in the workplace and STC is on a mission to help create environments for cultural development, adult learning, and a workplace strategically focused on zero harm.


Steve Merrill

Steve Merrill
Client Partner

 

Chances are, at one point or another, your company will experience a major incident, unexpected challenge or disaster. All too often companies do not focus on emergency preparedness until after the emergency has occurred. Whether it’s natural disasters or inclement weather, a medical emergency, major accident, a fire or even an active shooter, the impact that a catastrophic event can have on the safety of your employees and business can be devastating. Lack of preparation could mean major losses such as life and health or financial collapse.

 

 

The negative effects that a major incident or disaster can have on a company and its employees can be astronomical and, in some cases, fatal. The financial costs of recovering from one of these events, whether it be a fatality/fatalities, medical expenses, fines or rebuilding, can be insurmountable. Lost time, lower productivity and low morale are just some of the negative effects.

 

In almost every major emergency or natural disaster, there is always the risk of panic which can often cause more damage or even worse, more casualties. While “fight or flight” is often the response when someone thinks they are in danger, this type of reaction can sometimes lead us to make unwise decisions. Even if those decisions seem obvious in retrospect, the dangers associated with panic can often be underestimated. What matters the most in these situations is that you are prepared and have a plan to proactively protect your employees and business.

 

In addition to providing guidance during an emergency, there are many other benefits to being proactive and developing an emergency action plan.

 

  • Identifying workplace hazards and conditions that were previously unnoticed.
  • Identifying required emergency resources, training and equipment (or lack of).
  • The opportunity to address any identified deficiencies or hazardous conditions.
  • Preparing for emergencies displays the organization’s commitment to safety, boosting employee morale as a result.
  • Promotes safety awareness.
  • Increases productivity.
  • Limit the negative effects on your employees and company.

 

Despite the unique and highly complex challenges of individual industries, with professional guidance, your company can take a proactive approach to develop an Emergency Action Plan. It does not matter what industry you are in, if you prepare to accomplish these four goals, you can significantly limit the amount of damage caused by sudden or unexpected situations and emergencies.

 

  1. Preservation of life and health
  2. Reduce damage to assets and property
  3. Protect the environment and the community
  4. Resume normal business operations as soon as possible

 

Emergency situations can severely disrupt your companies’ operations. If you’re not prepared to handle  an unforeseen disaster, you run the risk of the safety of your employees and health of your business.
At STC, we are focused on preserving the world’s most precious resource – human life. We understand the importance of taking a proactive approach and being prepared for the unexpected. We can’t predict the degree or timing of a disastrous event, however, with STC’s guidance and preparation, the damage caused by serious situations can be kept to a minimum. Call STC if you need assistance or have concerns.

 

Chris Hall – SSH, STC Consultant

Chris has worked as a Safety Consultant for the last 4 years helping clients develop and implement safety plans.

 

 STC’s Insight

At STC, we are focused on preserving the word’s most precious resource – human life. In order to do that, we understand the importance of building strong Safety Systems that produce tangible results over time.

 

If you are interested in learning more about STC Safety and ways in which we can help your organization develop an effective safety management system, simply reply back to this email or call our office at the number listed below.

 

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At the end of fiscal year 2017, OSHA released its annual Top 10 list of most frequently cited violations. Many of the violations remain the same from previous years with one new entry emerging – Fall Protection Training Requirements. The monetary penalties associated with these violations ranged from thousands to millions of dollars and affect a wide range of different industries. Read below to learn more about each of these 10 infractions.
OSHA’s Top 10 Violations

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements

  • Employees need protection 6 feet or above lower levels.

2. Hazard Communication

  • Employers must have a written hazard communication plan.

3. Scaffolding

  • Employees need protection on scaffolds 10 feet above lower levels.

4. Respiratory Protection

  • Employers must provide medical evaluations to determine employees’ ability to use respirators before use.

5. Lockout / Tagout

  • Procedures must be developed, documented and utilized for the control of potentially hazardous energy.

6. Ladders

  • Ladders shall be used only for the purpose for which they were designed.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks

  • Employers must ensure that truck operators are competent to operate powered industrial vehicles safely.

8. Machine Guarding

  • Machine guarding must be provided to protect operators and employees from rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.

9. Fall Protection – General Requirements

  • Employers must provide a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards.

10. Electrical – Wiring Methods

  • Flexible cords may be used only in continuous lengths without splices or taps.

 

OSHA Top 10 Violations Link

At STC, we are focused on preserving the word’s most precious resource – human life. In order to do that, we understand employers’ need for developing policies, programs and procedures to alleviate safety risks and pain points.

As your company prepares for 2018, please reach out to us by responding to this email to learn more about how we can assist your organization in implementing a Safety Management System that proactively addresses all hazards within your working environment to keep your people safe and prevent OSHA violations that incur direct and indirect costs against your business.