Monday, October 16, 2006

Top 10 Violated OSHA Standards

WorkplaceinjuryThanks for for pointing me to this list of the most violated OSHA standards for the last year.  Apparently, the same standards are being consistently violated year in and year out:

OSHA's top 10 most violated standards for fiscal year 2006 follow. The number of violations is accurate as of October 13, 2006.

  1. Scaffolding--General Requirements (1926.451) with 7,895 violations
  2. Duty to Have Fall Protection (1926.501) with 5,746 violations
  3. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) with 5,586 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) with 3,410 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) with 3,068 violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) with 2,582 violations
  7. Electrical--Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use (1910.305) with 2,396 violations
  8. Machine Guarding--General Requirements (1910.212) with 2,296 violations
  9. Ladders (1926.1053) with 2,115 violations
  10. Electrical--General Requirements (1910.303) with 1,791 violations

What's amazing about this list is not only the variety of violations, but the absolute number of violations that occur in a given year.   

As students who take my employment class know, I think OSHA and its adherence to thousands of "interim standards" that are largely more than 35 years old is a large part of the problem.  Of course, it also doesn't help that the agency is underfunded and the remedial scheme does not have the bite needed to make a difference in the workplace.


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