CitationsOSHA has released its list of the 10 most frequently
cited safety and health violations that occurred in the last fiscal
year. Not surprisingly, the list has hardly changed from previous
years. Employers who take a proactive approach with regard to their
health and safety culture find themselves consistently ahead of the
curve. These companies know what OSHA is looking for when OSHA
shows up unannounced, and are prepared to demonstrate their
businesses are compliant with OSHA standards. The top 10 hazards
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Employers that do not implement a solid safety and health
program addressing such hazards find themselves among workplaces
that have serious worker injuries and face serious citations. Last
year alone more than 4,500 workers were killed, and approximately 3
million were injured.
No employer can escape these hazards. The top 10 citations span
every industry, and range from fall hazards in construction or
energy to lockout/tagout in manufacturing or food production to
electrical wiring in nearly every line of work. Moreover, there
were 32,000 federal OSHA inspections last year – and OSHA
will continue to vigorously go after companies that do not comply
with these standards.
To decrease the likelihood of injury in their workforce and the
risks of serious OSHA citations, companies can hire a team to
conduct a thorough audit of workplace safety rules and culture to
ensure the business is compliant with OSHA's standards.
Moreover, such a team can suggest best practices to ensure a safe
workplace with minimal worker injuries. This will reduce liability
with OSHA for both the most common OSHA citations and any others
that may arise.
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