OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2013
(& Other Interesting OSHA Facts)
Federal OSHA has 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices.
They had a budget of $563,658,000 in FY 2013.
They conducted 40,961 Federal inspections in FY 2012.
4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012.
That's 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers
On average, more than 84 a week or nearly 12 deaths every day.
This is the second lowest preliminary total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.
Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2012.
Out of 3,945 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2012, 775 or 19.6% were in construction.
The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between.
These "Fatal Four" were responsible for nearly three out of five (56%) construction worker deaths in 2012.
Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 435 workers' lives in America every year.
- Falls – 278 out of 775 total deaths in construction in CY 2012 (36%)
- Struck by Object – 78 (10%)
- Electrocutions – 66 (9%)
- Caught-in/between – 13 (2%)
OSHA’s Top Ten Violations for 2013
The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013):
- Fall Protection (1926.501) 8,241 violations (No Change) (991 more than 2012)
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 6,156 violations (No Change) (1,460 more than 2012)
- Scaffolding (1926.451) 5,423 violations (No Change) (1,609 more than 2012)
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,879 violations (No Change) (1,508 more than 2012)
- Electrical, Wiring Methods (1910.305) 3,452 violations (Up 3) (1,708 more than 2012)
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 3,340 violations (Up 1) (1,347 more than 2012)
- Ladders (1926.1053) 3,311 violations (Down 2) (1,001 more than 2012)
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,254 violations (Up 1) (1,682 more than 2012)
- Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) 2,745 violations (Up 1) (1,413 more than 2012)
- Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,701 violations (Down 4) (604 more than 2012)
OSHA is Making a Difference
- Since 1970, workplace fatalities have been reduced by more than 65 percent and occupational injury and illness rates have declined by 67 percent. At the same time, U.S. employment has almost doubled.
- Worker deaths in America are down–on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 12 a day in 2012.
- Worker injuries and illnesses are down–from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.5 per 100 in 2011.
Don't become a statistic!
So what should you do, now armed with this knowledge? Well, first thing is get up and simply take a look around your office/plant/factory. Do you see any of these standards violated? In the safety world, if you think you have a problem....chances are you do! If you do not know you have violations or do not know how to look for them, that's perfectly understandable--you are not alone. This is where Safety Training Services can help!
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