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Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2010


Were almost identical to the Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2009!

1.                      Scaffolding

2.                      Fall protection

3.                      HazCom

4.                      Ladders

5.                      Respiratory protection

6.                      Lockout/Tagout

7.                      Electrical Wiring

8.                      Powered Industrial Trucks

9.                      Electrical Systems design

10.                    Machines

osha fines 2010The top 10 list changes little from year to year.  It appears this is an area where we haven’t learned from our mistakes.  It’s time to start paying attention and not continuing to make the same mistakes over and over.

Safety should be your number one priority! Not just to avoid an OSHA violation or keep your Experience Mod under a 1.00!  You want to make safety your number one priority to assure that your employees leave their workday in the same physical condition (with all the same body parts) as they arrived.

A good place to start is to conduct regular reviews of equipment and procedures with employees. Are safeguards in place? Do employees understand how and when to use the equipment?  Is there a policy in place for disciplining those who decide to “take short cuts”? 

Awareness is the key to workplace and construction jobsite safety and you can involve every employee in your program. Let’s see if we can make a difference in the top 10 for 2011!

Are you a Connecticut contractor that might need some assistance to get your staff up to date on OSHA training and fine prevention? Maybe you'd like a second set of eyes to make sure that your jobsites are compliant with OSHA regulations?

Request a Consultation with one of CRA's Risk Advisors.


First and foremost: Top management must be signed on to ensure safety is a priority, required and will be enforced. Without that endorsement, most safety programs will fail no matter the amount of time a Safety Director puts in or regulations on-site. With management's blessing safety becomes "easier" to educate the employees as to the company's policy.
Posted @ Monday, February 21, 2011 1:14 PM by DUGO
Dugo - great comment and oh so true! Nothing can really change without top managements "blessing"!
Posted @ Monday, February 21, 2011 1:16 PM by Debbi Kuhne
So glad you are enjoying the articles!
Posted @ Tuesday, March 08, 2011 7:46 AM by Debbi Kuhne
This is one of your better photos, illustrating the OSHA violations. I first started reading your blog after the Viral social media and dangerous construction jobs post.  
I do risk management, but more for fraud detection, financial services and healthcare insurance purposes. But risk is risk, so I like this site a lot! I follow @ConstructionNow on The Twitter. Best wishes for MikeRowe's Trades Hub, hope he does well.  
Also liked the crane collapse story you ran in Aug 2010. Well, not liked, as it was tragic. 
Yes, with any kind of risk mitigation, it isn't until there's a loss or lawsuit that management sign off is assured. Not ALWAYS, but often.  
It can be frustrating, because either common sense, or regulatory guidelines, indicate a "risk event" is just waiting to happen (or has been narrowly averted). That's the time to put measures in place, better than after the fact....
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