Align Your Training with OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Safety Daily Advisor - February 26, 2015

To Help you plan your organization's safety program - and avoid costly citations- check out the top 8 most frequently cited standards for fiscal 2014 listed below.

1.  Fall protection in construction (29 CFR 1926.501)

Lack of fall protection has been a leading offender for several years. Common mistakes under this standard include failing to provide fall protection to employees working at heights, unprotected sides and edges, failing to use fall protection equipment correctly, and failing to provide protection from falling objects

2.Hazard Communications (29 CFR 1910.1200)

Common hazard communication mistakes include failing to have a written program, failing to have safety data sheets (SDSs) for each chemical, labeling mistakes, lack of employee training.

3. Scaffolding in construction (29 CFR 1926.451)

Citations under construction industry scaffolding standard often stem from scaffolds that are not fully planked, a lack of portable or hook ladders to access scaffold platoform.

4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134)

Lack of a written program is the most commonly cited part of the respiratory protection standard.  Other common mistakes include not performing a medical evaluation on employees who must wear respirators, failing to select and provide a respirator appropriate for the activity.

5. Powered industrial trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)

Lack of operator training is the most common pitfall under this standard.  Other common mistakes include forklifts that are not in safe operating condition and modifications and additions that are not approved by the forklift manufacturer.

6. Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147)

Many citations are issues under lockout/tagout standard for the complete lack of a hazardous energy program. 

7. Ladders in Construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)

Common ladder hazards include using a ladder not designed for the load it is carrying, using extension ladders that do not provide enough overhang at the top to ensure stability, and using an inappropriate type of ladder for the job.

8.  Electrical, wiring methods (29 CFR 1910.305)

Citations under this standard often occur when flexible cords are used in place of fixed wiring, conductors enter boxes unprotected.

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Deal Breakers for Forklift Operators

Safety Daily Advisor - March 17, 2015

All forklift operators must be certified through a process of classroom and hands-on training in order to operate a forklift.  Once they're certified, they should be expected to operate the forklift safely at all times.  If they don't, they should be retrained before being permitted to operate a forklift again.  What sorts of behaviors would make retraining necessary?  What are the "deal breakers" for forklift operators?

Forklift operators may need retraining for their behavior either while they're operating the forklift or when they walk away from the forklift.

While Operating the Forklift

While they are operating the forklift operators should ALWAYS follow there rules:

  •  Wear a Seat belt
  •  Yield the right of way to pedestrians and emergency vehicles
  •  Never engage in stunt driving or horseplay with a forklift
  •  Never drive a forklift up to a person standing in front of a bench or fixed object.
  •  Always keep arms, hands, or legs inside the truck.
  • Never stand or pass or allow someone else to stand or pass under the elevated forks
  •  Lift only loads that are within the rated capacity of the truck
  • Never handle unstable loads.
  •  Slow down and sound the horn at intersections and where the operator's view is obstructed
  • Ride in reverse if the load obstructs the forward view
  • Prohibit unauthorized personnel to ride on the trucks.
  • Use a load backrest extension to prevent load from falling backwards

When Leaving the Forklift

Leaving a forklift can create a hazard, so operators must not just walk away. Anytime the operators leaves the forklift and his or her view of the forklift is obstructed or the operator is 25 ft away, the operator must take appropriate precautions:

  • Lower the load to the ground
  • Set the brakes