Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA's 'Top 10 List' Points to Priority of Fatal Falls Hazards

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA's 'Top 10 List' Points to Priority of Fatal Falls Hazards

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The General Requirements for Scaffolding rule long has been OSHA's most violated standard, and so far this year the agency has issued even more citations for the rule than last year, according to an analysis of data presented by OSHA and the National Safety Council (NSC).

Enforcement of Scaffolding (1910.451) is likely to remain a high OSHA priority, as violations of the rule can lead to fatal workplace falls. Fatal falls shot up 17 percent in 2004--the highest annual total ever reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in its annual fatality census.

This year, as last year, General Requirements for Fall Protection (1926.1200) was the third-most frequently violated OSHA standard. The number of violations in 2005 has risen more than 15 percent from last year, another possible indication of how seriously OSHA takes fall hazards. The data also may suggest that fall hazards often are not addressed in U.S. workplaces.

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As in 2004, OSHA released the 10 most-frequently cited standards thus far in 2005 at NSC's Congress & Expo.

Comparisons between this year's and last year's data were adjusted to compensate for the fact that this year's list included information from Oct. …

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