Employers need to consistently encourage safe practices at work to keep it in the front of the minds of employees.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) November 05, 2013
CertifyMe.net, a one-stop shop for all of your forklift training and forklift operator certification needs announces the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) Top 10 Safety Violations for 2013. Every year, OSHA releases a list of the top ten reasons for safety violations to encourage companies to focus on training and exercise caution. CertifyMe has also compiled a comprehensive infographic with the new OSHA statistics.
The highest number of violations, 8,241, for the year from October 2012 to September 2013 was in the area of fall protection. Employers are required to provide fall protection systems and working/walking surfaces that provide strength and structural integrity to safely support employees at work. Also in the top five were:
- Hazard communication (6,156)
- Scaffolding (5,423)
- Respiratory protection (3,879)
- Electrical wiring methods (3,452)
- Powered industrial trucks, or forklifts (3,340)
A company spokesperson commented, “The past five years have seen a disturbing trend in terms of forklift safety violations. Since 2009, powered industrial trucks have risen from eighth place up to sixth. We want to see forklifts drop off the list altogether. This is going to take a concerted effort by industry to emphasize training in OSHA forklift safety procedures.”
OSHA Section 1910.178 contains safety requirements related to design, maintenance, fire protection and use of forklift trucks, platform lift trucks, tractors, motorized hand trucks and other industrial trucks powered by internal combustion engines and electric motors.
“Employers need to consistently encourage safe practices at work to keep it in the front of the minds of employees. Lapses in forklift safety are currently responsible for one fatality every three days. Almost half of these (42 percent) are the result of operators being crushed by a tipping vehicle. The correct operator response when a forklift is in the process of tipping is to remain inside the vehicle and brace. Unfortunately, the natural reaction is to jump off the forklift and this is what causes forklift crush fatalities. The correct response needs not only to be taught as part of a comprehensive forklift training but continually reinforced until it becomes part of an operator’s DNA.”
Other areas on the Top 10 List of OSHA safety violations for 2013 were ladders, the unexpected start-up of machinery, hazardous electrical equipment, and machine guarding to protect employees from mechanical failures.
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