Fall protection: The OSHA announcement of top 10 cited violations for 2016 was one of the most highly anticipated events at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo in October. While the topic of violations can be uncomfortable, it serves a greater good; Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, said it best: "Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards."
In the same vein, Graphic Products has produced a comprehensive Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2016 guide so employers can keep helpful information at their fingertips, and distribute to managers, contractors, and crewmembers. As well as full explanations on each of the 10 most-cited violations, crew leaders and employers can benefit from the illustrated guide, including handy graphics depicting the OSHA violations. The guide also serves as a timeline of major safety events throughout 2016, such as the final HazCom 2012 deadline passing. Organizations had until June 2016 to be in full compliance with the new standard, and citations for hazard communication remained consistent in 2016, dropping by only .1%.
2016 Top 10 OSHA Violations Discussed
The guide offers insight into each of the violations, and it broadens safety discussions by pulling in numbers from fellow governmental organizations such as the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Leading the charge of OSHA citations in 2016 are fall protection violations, with slightly under 7,000 citations for the year and down 6% from 2015. OSHA inspectors are citing fewer scaffolding violations each year, too—total citations are down nearly 30% since 2013. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, 65% of the construction industry, perform much of their work from scaffolds. Scaffolding violations were the third most-cited violation in 2016.
How the Top 10 OSHA Violations Guide Can Help
Kapust said that the list serves as a benchmark for employers to get a good look at their own safety programs without having to suffer costly citations, or worse, loss of worker’s limbs or lives. Citations are costly; as the guide points out, “safety isn’t just about protecting workers; it’s good for your company’s bottom line. OSHA increased maximum penalties by 78% in 2016, the organization’s first such increase since 1990.”
With fall protection citations seeing a significant 6% drop from 2015, this speaks well to employers thinking and acting upon providing greater fall protection to workers. If you'd like to learn about fall protection requirements, see Graphic Products’ OSHA Fall Protection Guidelines and Standards infographic, and view our selection of fall protection devices on our online store.
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