Top 10 Osha Violations Released for Fiscal Year 2014

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What are the most common OSHA violations and why do construction workers need to know about them?
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In September, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the 10 most common violations reported to the federal agency during Fiscal Year 2014. There are not many surprises on the list. Many of the top violations are repeated year after year. However, the frequency of these violations should not be confused with inevitability. It is possible to prevent many of the violations and resulting injuries and deaths that occur each year, but first construction workers and their bosses need to be aware of the dangers.

This Year’s Top 10 Common Violations

According to OSHA, the most common workplace violations reported in the United States include:

  • Fall protection – 6,143 violations were reported.
  • HazCom – 5,161 violations were reported.
  • Scaffolding – 4,029 violations were reported.
  • Respiratory protection – 3,223 violations were reported.
  • Logout or tagout – 2,704 violations were reported.
  • Powered industrial trucks – 2,662 violations were reported.
  • Electrical wiring methods – 2,490 violations were reported.
  • Ladders – 2,448 violations were reported.
  • Machine guarding – 2,200 violations were reported.
  • Electrical – 2,056 violations were reported.

These statistics reflect violations reported in many different industries, including the construction industry.

Will You Be a Victim?

Statistics are only important if they help prevent future accidents. Thus, it is important for you to be aware of the dangers and to promptly report any safety violations to your construction employer.

Additionally, it is important for you to know what to do if you are injured in a construction accident. For more information, please read our FREE brochure, Hurt in a Construction Accident? You’re Not Alone, and start a live chat with us today.