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Top 10 OSHA violations in 2014

As it does every year, OSHA has released the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the current fiscal year. 

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list at the National Safety Council’s Congress in San Diego.

The Top 10 violations are:

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,143 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,161
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,029
  4. Respiratory Protection – (1910.134) – 3,223
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 2,704
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,662
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,490
  8. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,448
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,200, and
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 2,056.

These figures are of Aug. 11, 2014. Federal Fiscal Year 2014 ends Sept. 30, 2014. OSHA’s final violation count will be available in mid-November.

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  1. A supervisor was supervising an electrical repair job. His five techicians all have lockout the electrical source. The equipment was locked out with 5 individual locks. Supervisor did not lock out because he was just supervising. At a certain time, one of the older technician was trying to reassemble an aluminum framework and needed a hand. The Supervisor worried about the older technician’s back problem assisted him to hold the aluminum framework in place and tightened a screw for about 2 minutes. A manager walked up and immediately stopped the Supervisor from any further involvement after noticing the Supervisor’s lock not in place. The Supervisor was suspended and pending investigation, he may be terminated. What laws are out there that can help to save this Supervisor?

    • The supervisor was in violation of not only OSHA regulations but also your company policy, it sounds like. A lot of companies would do an investigation and probably let an employee go, since LOTOTO is usually one of the offenses that could be cause for termination. It’s better to be terminated then electrocuted should something in the LOTOTO process be missed. However, through an RCA process, underlying issues with management or training could be found that results in just a write up and additional training.

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