OSHA's preliminary top 10 violations for fiscal year 2014 were recently announced at the National Safety Council Expo by the deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust.
Before we cover those most cited standards, let's a look at a few statistics from 2013.
- The 3,929 fatal work injuries that occurred in private industry is the lowest total since BLS began collecting this data more than 20 years ago.
- Transportation-related incidents accounted for 40% of all fatal work injuries, but declined in 2013.
- One out of six fatal work injuries was the result of violence – including suicide and homicide.
- Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17% of all fatal work injuries in 2013.
In some aspects things are better, but clearly, we still have much work to do. Based on 2013's numbers, on average, there are 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day. Despite being the lowest total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992, that's still too many deaths!
Many, if not close to all, of these deaths are preventable with proper training and a conscience decision from all parties involved to do things as safe as possible and report unsafe actions. As you can see in the most frequently cited standards, many are still "doing it the way we always have done it." For some, this is laziness or a disregard for safety; and for others, it is simply ignorance to the rules and guidelines. The numbers below should be a reminder that we do still have much to do, and that will be hard without open dialogue and a decision to do better for the sake of all those who became a statistic below.
Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2014:
- Fall Protection (Construction) (29 CFR 1926.501) 6,143 violations