2018’s Top OSHA Safety Violations

June 27, 2019
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has compiled its list of most frequently violated standards. Tire Review recorded some of the top violations of 2018, including:

Fall protection (29 CFR 1926.501): Bosses should ensure that workers are following safety protocols when using equipment like ladders, or when completing roofing jobs. Floor holes and platforms should also be evaluated for safety, along with ensuring guard rails, toe boards, signage, and other precautionary measures are in place. 

Hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200): Make sure safety data sheets are up to date and accessible where employees can easily look at them as they review chemicals they come in contact with. Ensure employees are trained on any new chemicals that enter the workplace or as their jobs change. 

Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1920.134): Ensure you’re providing respirators for employees whose jobs require them along with proper fit testing, cleaning procedures, and medical evaluations. Consequences to workers when not using a respirator can result in cancer, lung impairment, disease, or even death.

Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147): Workers who service or maintain equipment or machines can be injured or killed if hazardous energy is not controlled properly. Proper lockout/tagout procedures help protect workers from these hazards and must be followed to the letter. 

Powered industrial trucks (29 CFR 1910.178): Anyone who operates a forklift has to be trained, certified, and evaluated for competency. Individuals under 18 are also forbidden from operating a forklift by federal law. 

Fall protection training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503): Workers need to be trained annually about falls and other hazards on the job, in a language they can understand. 

Eye and face protection (29 CFR 1926.102): Eye and face protection must be provided to employees whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological, or mechanical irritants and hazards. Some eye and face protection you may encounter in a shop includes safety glasses, goggles, face shields, and welding masks. 

Source: Tire Review