OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, OSHA inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.

Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

It’s no coincidence that falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, particularly in construction, and OSHA’s top 10 list features lack of fall protection as well as ladder and scaffold safety issues. We know how to protect workers from falls, and have an ongoing campaign to inform employers and workers about these measures.

OSHA says far too many workers are killed or gruesomely injured when machinery starts up suddenly while being repaired, or hands and fingers are exposed to moving parts. Lockout/tagout and machine guarding (including lift trucks) violations are often the culprit here. Proper lockout/tagout procedures ensure that machines are powered off and can’t be turned on while someone is working on them. And installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.

The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts, and high number of violations for powered industrial truck safety, tell us that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment.

Rounding out the top 10 list are violations related to electrical safety, an area where the dangers are well-known.

Their list of top violations is far from comprehensive. OSHA regulations cover a wide range of hazards, all of which imperil worker health and safety. They urge employers to go beyond the minimal requirements to create a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale. To help them, OSHA has released new recommendations for creating a safety and health program at their workplaces.

OSHA has many additional resources, including a wealth of information on their website and their free and confidential On-site Consultation Program. But tackling the most common hazards is a good place to start saving workers’ lives and limbs.

BYD is the Future of Electric Forklifts

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BYD has been revolutionizing the rechargeable battery industry since 1995 in industries such as consumer electronics, energy storage, transportation and now the material handling industry. Compared to traditional electric forklifts, BYD’s extraordinary technology turns the industry inside-out by delivering a single-battery multi-shift solution.

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Designed to work together with its disruptive battery technology, BYD forklifts challenge the status-quo; creating a new standard of what operators expect from an electric forklift.

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The industry has voted. BYD was awarded the prestigious IFOY Award in 016. These world-class forklifts are designed and built for reliability and operational savings.

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INDUSTRY’S BEST WARRANTY
Included in each forklift is a warranty that will make others jealous. 10-year warranty on batteries, 5-year warranty on drive axle, and 3-year warranty on all remaining components.

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NON-TOXIC BATTERIES
Unlike Lead-Acid and most Lithium-ion batteries, BYD’s chemistry features environmentally friendly and non-toxic ingredients. This means no ventilation needed, no water needed and no worry needed.

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INDOOR AND OUTDOOR OPERATIONS
We made these forklifts so durable that they operate indoors and outdoors; rain or shine. Each forklift features a waterproof sealed battery pack that can be operated in even the toughest conditions.

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24 HOUR OPERATION — WITHOUT THE WORRY

Spare forklifts, cooling down batteries, and battery swapping are a thing of the past. BYD forklifts charge to full in under 90 mins and runs for 15+ hours. When using opportunity charging, on breaks and downtime, your operation can truly run for 24 hours without thinking about batteries.

Cal-Lift, Inc. is Los Angeles’ source for BYD electric forklifts featuring lithium iron batteries. To learn more about BYD, see our line-up of BYD Electric forklifts.

For a quote or further information, please contact us at 800-322-5438.