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November 12, 2009

Top OSHA Safety Violations for 2009

OSHA has revealed the preliminary top 10 workplace safety violations for 2009. The number of top 10 violations increased almost 30 percent over the same time period in 2008. The 10 most common violations in 2009 are:
1. Scaffolding - 9,093 violations. Scaffold accidents most often result from the planking or support giving way, or the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object.
2. Fall Protection - 6,771 violations. Fall protection must be provided at four feet in general industry, five feet in maritime and six feet in construction.
3. Hazard Communication - 6,378 violations. Chemical manufacturers and importers are required prepare labels and safety data sheets to convey the hazard information to their downstream customers.
4. Respiratory Protection - 3,803 violations
5. Lockout-Tagout - 3,321 violations. These practices safeguard employees from unexpected startup of machinery and equipment or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities.
6. Electrical (Wiring) - 3,079 violations
7. Ladders - 3,072 violations. The Department of Labor lists falls as one of the leading causes of traumatic occupational death.
8. Powered Industrial Trucks - 2,993 violations. Each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks, or forklifts, occur in US workplaces.
9. Electrical - 2,556 violations
10. Machine Guarding - 2,364 violations. Any machine part, function or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded.

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