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April 27, 2017
By: J.A. Rodriguez (originally published here on January 5, 2017)
Are you aware of the top OSHA construction safety violations? Here are the most-cited construction violations in the U.S. by the federal and state program, and what to look out for in your safety management system development and implementation. Construction-related fall protection, scaffolding and ladder safety represent three of the agency’s overall top citations for 2015 — numbers one, three and seven respectively.
Out of the 4,386 worker fatalities in private industry during 2014, 899 or 20.5 percent were related to construction, OSHA reports. This means one in five worker deaths in 2014 occurred in construction. More than one worker dies on the job every two hours — across the industries. What’s more visceral: more than 13 workers per day never return home to their loved ones after they report for work in the U.S.
The leading causes of private sector construction worker deaths (highway collisions excluded) are falls, followed by electrocution, being struck by an object and being caught-in/between an object. These reported “Fatal Four” causes are responsible for 60.6 percent of the construction worker deaths in 2014 according to OSHA and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The agency emphasizes that eliminating these four will save 545 workers’ lives in every year.
OSHA’s top ten construction industry violations since 2012 account for more than 72,414 violations nationwide for both federal and state programs. Topping the list once again is fall protection-related citations accounting for 33,430 violations of the total in the construction industry. Ladder and training-related violations are frequent fliers as well for the OSHA inspectors.
Not much has changed throughout the last several years on the top 10 construction safety violations list. What does this mean? The list offers you a renewed opportunity to review safety and health programs and to champion improvements to these programs. By publishing the most-cited violations, OSHA highlights several common denominators that can provide employers with deep insight when reviewing their facility’s safety standards.
Whether you are a small employer or a larger company, OHSA’s list of most-cited construction safety violations can lend an excellent starting point for planning or modifying your safety protocols.
The top ten violations on OSHA’s most cited 2015 list includes general industry and construction. Knowing the top violations in your industry can help guide you on what aspects of your workplace may need more attention in order to keep your employees safe and working well.