OSHA releases preliminary top 10 list of most common safety violations in 2012

Fall protection topped the preliminary list of OSHA's 10 most common safety violations for fiscal year 2012.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal 2012 last week. The list was revealed by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Among the group of common violations are several that this blog has previously discussed at length. Incidents related to fall protection topped the list with 7,250, while respiratory protection and ladder safety came in at third and fourth, respectively.

The total combined violations listed reached 29,179. According to an OSHA press release, the final report will be published later this year in the December issue of the council's Safety+Health magazine.

"We appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data at our Celebration of the Century," National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher said in a statement. "While great progress has been made in safety over the past 100 years, today's presentation reminds us there is more to be done to make our workplaces safer."

This announcement by OSHA offers businesses throughout the country an opportunity to examine the most common violations and compare them to their current workplace practices. Companies can then address key safety areas where employees may require additional training.

Management will be able to take the necessary steps to ensure that workers are operating in a safe environment and that each individual on a jobsite can recognize potential issues before any injuries or investigations happen.

Learning management systems are an easy and efficient way to track workforce training progress and identify items that need further attention.


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