While the report covers general industry and construction, 5 of the top ten standards most cited this year were from the construction standards 29 CFR 1926. The others, from 1910, cover general industry.
#1 through #7 remained the same from 2017 to 2018. Machine Guarding and Fall Protection - Training requirements flip flopped at #8 and #9, while Eye and Face Protection took the # 10 spot from Electrical - Wiring Methods, which was #10 on last year’s list. It’s possible that OSHA’s new silica dust regulations have played a role in that increase, something that I predicted upon the release of the 2017 list.
The 5 construction standards that made this list were: Fall Protection – General Requirements, Scaffolding, Ladders, and Fall Protection – Training Requirements, and Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection. All but the latter were on the list last year.
Overall, each of the 9 standards that were also on last year’s list saw an increase in the number of citations.
The final report for this year is expected to be released in December.
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
More information: 2018 OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations | OSHA
At the National Safety Council Congress & Expo on October 23, 2018, OSHA’s deputy director of Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced their 10 most frequesntly cited safety violations for their fiscal year 2018.
On March 15, 2018, 6 people were killed and 8 others were injured when an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida. Several months later, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their preliminary report while conducting an official investigation. The NTSB later issued an “Investigative Update” to their preliminary report in August. In Mid-November, the NTSB released a 2nd investigative update, narrowing their root cause theories.
The City of New York is getting serious about construction regulation and using the full extent of the law to punish those who have acted negligently on the jobsite. Last year, Mayor Bill De Blasio issued a new law requiring all construction workers to undergo, at minimum, 40 hours of safety training. In 2016, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. successfully convicted a construction foreman of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment after a laborer was killed in a trench collapse that he was overseeing. Earlier this month, DA Vance announced assault charges against a superintendent and branch manager after 2 men suffer horrific injuries on their jobsite.
The long delayed rule for crane operator certification has new life as OSHA has issued yet another final rule, after making alterations and clarifications. OSHA originally planned to require all crane operators to obtain certifications in 2010, but it has been delayed several times since then. A different final rule was proposed in 2017, but it was announced in May of 2018 that the administration intended to alter the rule.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 3 different drills manufactured by Black & Decker due to safety concerns.
Just over a year ago, in September of 2017, Hurricane Irma blew through Miami, Florida, bringing extremely high speed wind with it. The wind caused 3 cranes to collapse in southern Florida, 2 in downtown Miami and 1 more in Ft. Lauderdale. Interesting video of the dismantling of one of the failed cranes was shared on Youtube.
In September of 2017, OSHA’s new standard on exposure to respirable crystalline silica went into effect in the construction industry. The rule lowered the allowable exposure to the harmful substance to 50 micrograms per cubic meter, a measurement that we’re all familiar with [/sarcasm]. After a full year of enforcement, OSHA is considering making a change to the rule.
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