Current Top 10 Hazards Depicted in Vintage Posters
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Grainger has created a series of free workplace safety posters, illustrating OSHA’s Top 10 violations for 2016.
Inspired by vintage safety poster illustrations of the 1950s and 1960s, the whimsical style and direct copy combine for attention-grabbing posters that address serious safety issues.
10. Electrical, General Requirements
1910.303 – General Industry
Number of violations: 1,704
The most common offenses include electric equipment not installed properly or used in accordance with recommended uses. In addition, working space around electric equipment should be unobstructed.
9. Electrical Wiring
1910.305 – General Industry
Number of violations: 1,940
Investigators noted unsafe substitutes for permanent wiring and incorrect use of extension cords. Employees need to know that not all extension cords are appropriate for wet locations.
8. Machine Guarding
1910.212 – General Industry
Number of violations: 2,451
OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Amputations is an effort on the agency's part to reduce the hazards associated with machine and equipment hazards. In addition to machine guarding, investigators saw machinery that was not anchored/fixed as it should be and the use of tools to operate machinery that could cause hazards.
1926.1053 – Construction
Number of violations: 2,639
The most common hazards associated with ladder use involved improper use of portable ladders, which were not being used according to their design specifications. Injuries occurred when workers used the top rung as a step and when the ladder had a structural defect. Also, employees were not trained on proper ladder use.
6. Powered Industrial Trucks
1910.178 – General Industry
Number of violations: 2,860
When a truck is not operated in a safe manner, injuries can occur. OSHA investigators saw operators who lacked certification and were not trained on the hazards associated with the facility and observed workers who were not operating the vehicles in a safe manner.
1910.147 – General Industry
Number of violations: 3,414
The top three instances where companies were given citations for improper lockout/tagout were:
- Employees are not trained in proper lockout/tagout procedures.
- Lockout/tagout procedures were nonexistent.
- Employers did not perform periodic inspections of lockout/tagout procedures.
4. Respiratory Protection
1910.134 – General Industry
Number of violations: 3,585
Companies were cited because employees were not medically evaluated as part of a respiratory protection program, were put in situations where overexposure to contaminants could occur or were not properly fit-tested for respiratory protection.
Scaffolding - 1926.451 – Construction
Number of violations: 3,906
Fall protection and scaffolding go hand-in-hand. Framing, roofing, siding and masonry contractors were among the most commonly cited employers for this violation. Improper assembly and access to scaffolding were noted.
2. Hazard Communication
1910.1200 – General Industry
Number of violations: 5,677
One of the most common citations of this standard occurred when a temporary agency and host employer were involved in a project. Both employers have responsibility for worker safety and hazard communication.
During investigations, OSHA saw numerous instances of inadequate training as well as companies lacking updated data sheets and not having a program to address hazard chemical exposure.
1. Fall Protection
1926.501 – Construction
Number of violations: 6,929
Fall-related fatalities continue to plague the construction industry. OSHA's data shows 39.9 percent of deaths in the industry are fall-related, and this citation continues to be at the top of the most common violation list every year. Roofing, framing and small contractors were the most-cited employers.