We’re The Boston Safety Consulting Company That Can Help
Sure, personal New Year’s Resolutions seldom work. But what about when it pertains to your company saving lives while also avoiding hefty penalties and disrupted business continuity? Fines for OSHA violations got way more expensive in 2016. We’re talking the kind of scary expensive that has had the phone of our Boston safety consulting company continuously ringing since August of 2016.
While OSHA compliance has always been important, it’s even more imperative now. Your workers and their families deserve a safe work environment. And your bottom line monetarily depends on it.
Not only are injuries on the job site undesirable from an employer to employee relations standpoint, they cost employers a ton of money. Worker’s compensation claims and litigation costs are one thing. Missed work, lost productivity/service, and the potential hit to a company’s reputation are another.
So, let’s begin this new year by avoiding the top OSHA citations in 2016. Here are five common OSHA violations our Boston safety consulting company can help you avoid in 2017.
Fall Protection Violations (Click Here For OSHA Fall Protection General Requirements) – There were over 6,906 OSHA Fall Protection violations in 2016. Evaluating worker safety is important here. Particularly workers tying off from rooftops. It’s important to continuously remind employees of hazards to keep them from becoming complacent. Edges with a drop of more than six feet – or floor openings or skylights – should be protected by bright and sturdy guard-or-side-rails.
Hazard Communication Violations (Click Here For OSHA Hazard Communication Requirements) – In 2016, there were 5,665 OSHA Hazard Communication violations. This primarily comes down to employee training and constant hazard reminders. Untrained or complacent workers create problems. Any hazardous chemicals transported to or from the jobsite must be properly communicated through the use of GHS labels. Safety Data Sheets (SDSs – formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) are good OSHA training requirements to refer to.
Scaffolding Violations (Click Here For OSHA Scaffolding Requirements) – An estimated 2.3 million construction workers frequently work on scaffolds. That’s 65% of the construction industry. There were 3,900 OSHA scaffolding violations in 2016. Comparatively, there are roughly 4,500 injuries and 50 scaffolding-related deaths each year.
Many of those incidents can obviously be prevented with proper safety protocols. For instance, tying off or using railing on any scaffolding where the space between it and the next level is more than ten feet. Frequently inspecting scaffolding to look for any possible damages like missing plank boards or guardrails. Cross braces should be used to brace frames with drop locks and considerable spacing.
Respiratory Protection Violations (Click Here For OSHA Respiratory Protection Requirements) – There were 3,573 OSHA respiratory protection violations in 2016. Procedures in a respiratory protection plan must be worksite specific. Respiratory hazards can be observed with a safety walkthrough. A medical evaluation of each employee is needed before fit testing. A respirator with the most acceptable fit can then be selected. Employers must record the employee’s name, the specific respirator used, the type of test performed, and the date. Fit test expiration dates must also be closely monitored.
Lockout/Tagout Violations (Click Here For OSHA Lockout/Tagout Requirements) – In 2016, there were 3,406 OSHA lockout/tagout (LOTO) violations. All employees must be continually trained and educated on LOTO procedures. Authorized personnel must take their responsibility seriously. They need to be confident and lead by example. Periodic inspections, particularly in busy areas where energy control is crucial, should be regularly scheduled and conducted.
Other common 2016 OSHA citations included powered industrial trucks (2,855 violations), ladders (2,625 violations), machine guarding (2,448 violations), and electrical (1,937 violations for Wiring Methods/1,704 violations for General Requirements).
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Our Boston safety consulting company is just a phone call away at 617-997-8399 for a health and safety consultation. The experts at MAC Safety New England can walk through your job site to identify areas of concern and help you develop, implement, and manage a successful OSHA compliant safety management system.