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OSHA releases FY 2014 most frequently cited workplace safety standards

September 30th, 2014  |  David Stephanides

Fall protection tops the list of the most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2014, followed by hazard communication and scaffolding, according to preliminary figures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The list was announced by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, at the recent National Safety Council Congress and Expo.

The top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards for FY 2014 include:

1. Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501) – 6,143;

2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) – 5,161;

3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) – 4,029;

4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) – 3,223;

5. Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) – 2,704;

6. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) – 2,662;

7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305) – 2,490;

8. Ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053) – 2,448;

9. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) – 2,200; and

10. Electrical – General Requirements (29 CFR 1910.303) – 2,056.

Also just released, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2013 indicates a preliminary total of 4,405 fatal work injuries were recorded in the U.S., lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012. The rate of fatal work injury for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, compared to a final rate of 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012. Final 2013 data from CFOI will be released in the late spring of 2015.

In line with the most frequently cited standard – fall protection – fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 699 workers in 2013. Falls to a lower level accounted for 574 (82 percent) of those fatalities. In 2013, the height of the fall was reported for 466 of the fatal falls to a lower level. Of those, about 1 in 4 occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another one-fifth of the fatal falls occurred from falls of over 30 feet. Ahead of fatal falls, depressingly, were 753 workers killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, including 397 homicides and 270 suicides.

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