OSEA has published in its website the list of top 10 violations for the year 2012 – those factors that were said to have missed the OSHA compliance.
Online PR News – 13-February-2013 – New York – New York, 24th Jan, 2013: OSEA – the organization offering consultation for OSHA safety training and other related compliances like site safety response, auditing etc. has published in its website the top 10 most frequently cited violations as mentioned by OSHA for the fiscal year 2012. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented these breaches before a group of spectators. The following sectors were said to have failed to have OSHA compliance:
1. Fall Protection in Construction: 7,250 violations. Frequently violated requirements included failure to protect open sides and edges, to prevent falls from roofs, and to cover holes.
2. Hazard Communication: 4,696 violations. Commonly violated requirements included failure to have a written program, inadequate employee education and training, improper or no labels on containers, and no MSDSs or lack of access to them.
3. Scaffolding in Construction: 3,814 violations. Violations included problems with scaffold construction, improper access to scaffolding surfaces, and lack of guardrails.
4. Respiratory Protection: 2,371 violations. Frequent violations were no written respiratory protection program, poor fit test procedures, unsuitable respirator selection process, and lack of procedures for voluntary use of respirators.
5. Ladders in Construction: 2,310 violations. Violations included damaged side rails, use of the top ladder step, inappropriate ladder for the job, and excessive loads on ladders.
6. Machine Guarding: 2,097 violations. Violations included point of operation exposures, inadequate or no anchoring of fixed machinery, and exposure to blades.
7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,993 violations. Common violations were inadequate operator training and refresher training and poor conditions of PITs when returned to service after repair.
8. Electrical-Wiring Methods: 1,744 violations. Violations included problems with flexible cords and cables, boxes, and temporary wiring; poor use of extension cords; and use of temporary wiring as permanent wiring.
9. Lockout/Tagout: 1,572 violations. Frequent violations were poor or no energy control procedures, inadequate worker training, and inspections not completed.
10. Electrical—General Requirements: 1,332 violations. Common violations were related to electric shock and electrocution exposures.
As the official spokesperson for the company said, “We are glad to know about the progress that we have made in the field of occupational safety but the data from this report by OSHA shows that there is still a lot more work left to be done to make our workplaces much safer. The number of violations is not a pretty figure and they need to be reduced to negligible so that everyone can be assured that people are safe while they work.”
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Oregon Safe Employment Act (OSEA) is a regulatory authority and a reliable provider of OSHA Compliance Environmental Safety Training. It provides expert online safety training and practical training material and also offers consultation on compliance, on-site safety response, auditing etc. It has been selected by Secretary of Labor as a final arbitrator relating to a stipulated settlement dealing with an ongoing process safety inspection.