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10 Most Cited OSHA Standards Violated in 2014

Julie Copeland

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Our Safety Advisors are asked every day to help employers prevent the most commonPrevent serious injuries with safety training and PPE from Arbill. workplace injuries. Many employers do everything they can to protect their workers. Unfortunately, many employers do not. And often, the decisions by employers to not protect their workers lead to needless and sometimes tragic injuries… and even loss of life.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, 4,679 workers were killed on the job in 2014 [BLS 2014 workplace fatality preliminary data*] (3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) – on average, almost 90 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.

789 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2014–on average, more than 15 deaths a week or two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long.

Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

One in five worker deaths were in construction last year, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Out of 4,251 worker fatalities in private industry in 2014, 874 or 20.5% were in construction. OSHA shares that the leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between. Here are the alarming statistics shared at https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html:

  • Falls — 349 out of 874 total deaths in construction in CY 2014

  • Electrocutions — 74

  • Struck by Object — 73

  • Caught-in/between — 12

In addition to the nearly 90 workers who are lost every week in America, millions more suffer serious non-fatal injuries. 3.3 million workers suffer a workplace injury from which they may never recover. These are injuries that are preventable. These injuries represent pain and suffering, and they are felt not only by the workers who are hurt on the job, but by their families, their coworkers, and by the organizations that employ them.

Our mission at Arbill is to ensure that every worker makes it home safely. At Arbill, our employees don’t just provide safety gloves, eyewear, protective clothing and more. We are dedicated to protecting workers. That’s what drives us. That’s what we're passionate about. Here’s a video that represents our passion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvdBFrHqys8&list=UU8t5LHwFM3jX38U4tvaxoUg

10 Most Frequently Sited OSHA Standards Violated in 2014:

The U.S. Department of Labor recently published the top 10 most frequently cited standards by Federal OSHA in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014). These include:

  1. Fall protection, construction 

  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry 

  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction 

  4. Respiratory protection, general industry 

  5. Powered industrial trucks, general industry 

  6. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry 

  7. Ladders, construction 

  8. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry 

  9. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements 

  10. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry 

Training, diligence and proper safety equipment are instrumental elements to reducing workplace accidents and injuries, but when it comes to bringing workers home safe, it is not enough. Education is what takes workplace safety to the next level.  Arbill offers a wide range of resources. Through our EH&S Consulting, Training and Support, Arbill helps employers create a culture of safety within their organization. The information shared by Arbill’s EH&S Professionals through Consulting and Education services creates an in-depth understanding and a heightened sense of awareness that translates into best practices, fewer accidents and higher safety accountability.

I encourage you to share these statistics with your coworkers. Make them aware of the reality of injuries reported to OSHA. And if we can help protect your workers in any way through safety training or personal protective equipment (PPE), please don’t hesitate to contact us. Reach us at 800-523-5367 or at www.arbill.com. We’re here to help you protect your workers.

Have a safe day!

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