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OSHA Violations - Top in 2013 & Other OSHA Facts

Posted by Joshua Fleishman on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:45 PM

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2013
(& Other Interesting OSHA Facts)

  • Federal OSHA has 10 regional offices and 90 local area offices.Osha compliance, osha classes, osha safety, osha training

  • 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.

  • osha falls, osha violations, 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):

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) 8,241 violations (No Change) (991 more than 2012)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 6,156 violations (No Change) (1,460 more than 2012)
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 5,423 violations (No Change) (1,609 more than 2012)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,879 violations (No Change) (1,508 more than 2012)
  5. Electrical, Wiring Methods (1910.305) 3,452 violations (Up 3) (1,708 more than 2012)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 3,340 violations (Up 1) (1,347 more than 2012)
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) 3,311 violations (Down 2) (1,001 more than 2012)
  8. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,254 violations (Up 1) (1,682 more than 2012)
  9. Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) 2,745 violations (Up 1) (1,413 more than 2012)
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,701 violations (Down 4) (604 more than 2012)


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  • 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!

osha training standards, osha 10 general industry, osha-10, osha violations 2013So 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!

Your next step should be to identify these issues. Have you found them to be problems in training (or lack thereof)? Or retraining (annual refresher courses)? Unsatisfied with previous training/trainers? Remember, ignorance is bliss....until you get a visit from OSHA. We will train (and/or retrain) you and your employees on OSHA compliance & other safety-related courses. Our site or yours, our hands-on courses will provide you with appropriate training to keep you safe and trained consistent to OSHA requirements.

Maybe your issue is equipment? Whether you need new, used, rentals, servicing or just to figure out what equipment to use for a specific job, speaking to one of our professionals in our Technical division will help you find the right tool for the job in whatever capacity necessary. 

Or simply Contact our safety consultants at (219) 554-2180 and found out how we will help identify problems and conduct a safety-related gap analysis for your company. 

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Lockout Tagout Training: Do You Know, LOTO?

Posted by Joshua Fleishman on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

The OSHA standard for the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147) for general industry, also known as LOTO, was created in an attempt to reduce worker death and injury rates. Use of proper lockout/tagout practices and procedures keep workers safe from the release of hazardous energy by ensuring that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. Compliance with the lockout/tagout standard prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

According to OSHA, workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.

lockout tagout training, lockout, lockout tagout program, loto Lockout/tagout is required when the unexpected energization or start up (or release of stored energy) of machines, equipment or prime movers could injure workers during cleaning, repairing, servicing, setting-up, adjusting and un-jamming.

The LOTO standard also establishes the employer's responsibility to protect workers from hazardous energy. Employers are required to train their employees in the purpose and function of the energy control program and have the knowledge and skills required for the safe application, usage and removal of the energy control devices. The training must cover at least three areas: aspects of the employer’s energy control program; elements of the energy control procedure relevant to the employee’s duties or assignment; and the various requirements of the OSHA standards related to lockout/tagout.

Employers Must:

  • Develop, implement, and enforce an energy control program.

  • Use lockout devices for equipment that can be locked out.

    • Tagout devices may be used in lieu of lockout devices only if the tagout program provides employee protection equivalent to that provided through a lockout program.

  • Ensure that any new or overhauled equipment is capable of being locked out.

  • lockout tagout training, lockout, lockout tagout program, lotoDevelop, implement, and enforce an effective tagout program if machines or equipment are not capable of being locked out.

  • Develop, document, implement, and enforce energy control procedures.

  • Use only lockout/tagout devices authorized for the particular equipment or machinery and ensure that they are durable, standardized, and substantial.

  • Ensure that lockout/tagout devices identify the individual users.

  • Establish a policy that permits only the employee who applied a lockout/tagout device to remove it. (See 29 CFR 1910.147(e)(3) for exception)

  • Inspect energy control procedures at least annually.

  • Provide effective training as mandated for all employees covered by the standard.

  • Comply with the additional energy control provisions in OSHA standards when machines or equipment must be tested or repositioned, when outside contractors work at the site, in group lockout situations, and during shift or personnel changes.

Employers have a good list of responsibilities to follow in order to keep in compliance with the OSHA standard, but how does LOTO translate to layman’s terms? Well, we’ve broken it down into 4 topics in order to help anyone grasp what lockout/tagout is all about.

  1. What is isolation? What is the procedure for LOTO?lockout tagout training, lockout, lockout tagout program, loto
  2. What are lockout devices? 
  3. What are tagout devices? When can they be used?
  4. How/when to remove these devices?


Isolation means disconnecting the equipment (or making safe) by removing all energy sources. The steps necessary to isolate equipment are documented in an isolation procedure or a lockout/tagout procedure. The procedure usually generally includes the following tasks:

  1. Identify the energy source(s)
  2. Isolate the energy source(s)
  3. Lockout and tag the energy source(s)
  4. Prove the equipment isolated and made safe by trying out the equipment.

Remember, the locking and tagging of the isolation point lets others know not to de-isolate the device.

Lockout Devices

  • lockout tagout training, lockout, lockout tagout program, lotoCircuit breakers
  • Slide gates
  • Line valves
  • Disconnect switches

Ensure that an energy-isolating device cannot be used until the lockout device is removed. A lockout device uses a positive means, such as a key or combination lock, to hold an energy-isolating device in a safe position and prevent machine or equipment from energizing. The lockout device must be substantial enough to prevent removal without excessive force or unusual techniques.

A lockout device must be used unless the employer can demonstrate that a tagout system would provide full employee protection.

Tagout Devices

  • Tags or other prominent warning devices
    • Indicate that an energy-isolating device and its equipment must not be used until the tagout device is removed.

The tagout device must be nonreusable, attached by hand, self-locking and nonreleasing with a minimum unlocking strength of 50 pounds, and must be at least the equivalent of an all-environment tolerant nylon cable tie.

Removal of Lockout/Tagout Deviceslockout tagout training, lockout, lockout tagout program, loto

Before removal of a lockout/tagout device, authorized employees must make sure that nonessential items are removed and machine components are operationally intact. The area should then be cleared of employees (or safely positioned away from the device) and all affected employees should be notified that the LOTO devices are (to be) removed. The person who removes the LOTO device must be the person who originally applied it. If they are not available, another employee may remove the device if the employer has established a specific procedure and training for it.

Safety Training Services, Inc. provides Lockout/Tagout training for you and your company! Enroll today in our lockout/tagout course to be able to recognize applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, the methods and means necessary to isolate and control energy sources, and more!

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