Fall Protection Still #1 OSHA Violation

April 7, 2016


Fall Protection Still #1 OSHA Violation

OSHA has released a list of the top 10 most cited violations of the 2015 Fiscal Year. Not surprisingly, “fall protection” is on the top of the list. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “falls, slips or trips” accounted for nearly 30% of violations with more than 300,000 total days away from work in 2014. So how can Facility Managers reduce the risk of falls?

5 Ways to Combat Fall Risk

Planned Annual Inspections
OSHA requires that all surfaced used for walking or working in the facility be strong enough and have structural integrity to support workers.

Properly Store, Label and Maintain Fall Prevention Equipment

Equipment should be clearly located and properly labeled. Conduct regular inspections of equipment to ensure that components are in excellent condition.

 

Review Prior Years’ Incident Data
Managers may also benefit from reviewing event data from prior years. Trends may emerge and signal higher risk areas.

 

Prevention Training
Prevention training can be beneficial for any employee at risk from a fall hazard. OSHA requires fall prevention training for any employee who is considered at risk for a six-foot free fall.

Falling Objects

Though not directly related to personnel fall risk, planned annual inspections of facilities and equipment are an excellent time to look for facility risks from falling objects in storage units and other locations.

OSHA’S Top 10 Violations of 2015

1.Fall Protection (29 CFR §1926.501)

2.Hazard Communication (29 CFR §1910.1200)

3.Scaffolding (29 CFR §1926.451)

4.Respiratory Protection (29 CFR §1910.134)

5.Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR §1910.147)

6.Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR §1910.178)

7.Ladders (29 CFR§1926.1053)

8.Electrical –Wiring Methods (29 CFR §1910.305)

9.Machine Guarding (29 CFR §1910.212)

10.Electrical –General Requirements (29 CFR §1910.303)

What’s Your Biggest Risk?

OSHA offers a free tool that helps predict your facility’s biggest risk factors.  Click the link below to use the free tool:

https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.html

1.  Fall Protection Still #1 OSHA Violation

OSHA has released a list of the top 10 most cited violations of the 2015 Fiscal Year. Not surprisingly, “fall protection” is on the top of the list. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “falls, slips or trips” accounted for nearly 30% of violations with more than 300,000 total days away from work in 2014. So how can Facility Managers reduce the risk of falls?

5 Ways to Combat Fall Risk
Annual inspections can be very effective in identifying potential fall risks. These inspections look at key areas like flooring, stairs, steps, ladders and guardrails may reveal signs of wear that need to be addressed.

Planned Annual Inspections
OSHA requires that all surfaced used for walking or working in the facility be strong enough and have structural integrity to support workers.

Properly Store, Label and Maintain Fall Prevention Equipment
Equipment should be clearly located and properly labeled. Conduct regular inspections of equipment to ensure that components are in excellent condition. 

Review Prior Years’ Incident Data
Managers may also benefit from reviewing event data from prior years. Trends may emerge and signal higher risk areas. 

Prevention Training
Prevention training can be beneficial for any employee at risk from a fall hazard. OSHA requires fall prevention training for any employee who is considered at risk for a six-foot free fall.

Falling Objects
Though not directly related to personnel fall risk, planned annual inspections of facilities and equipment are an excellent time to look for facility risks from falling objects in storage units and other locations. 

OSHA’S Top 10 Violations of 2015

1.Fall Protection (29 CFR §1926.501)

2.Hazard Communication (29 CFR §1910.1200)

3.Scaffolding (29 CFR §1926.451)

4.Respiratory Protection (29 CFR §1910.134) 

5.Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR §1910.147) 

6.Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR §1910.178) 

7.Ladders (29 CFR§1926.1053) 

8.Electrical –Wiring Methods (29 CFR §1910.305) 

9.Machine Guarding (29 CFR §1910.212) 

10.Electrical –General Requirements (29 CFR §1910.303)

What’s Your Biggest Risk?

OSHA offers a free tool that helps predict your facility’s biggest risk factors.  Click the link below to use the free tool:

https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/citedstandard.html