OSHA Releases Top Ten Cited Categories for FY 2016

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, 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 our 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. Employers must take these issues seriously. We also see far too many workers 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 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. Respiratory protection is essential for preventing long term and sometimes fatal health problems associated with breathing in asbestos, silica or a host of other toxic substances. But we can see from our list of violations that not nearly enough employers are providing this needed protection and training.

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. Our list of top violations is far from comprehensive.

OSHA regulations cover a wide range of hazards, all of which imperil worker health and safety. And we 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, we have released new recommendations for creating a safety and health program at their workplaces. We have many additional resources, including a wealth of information on our website and our free and confidential On-site Consultation Program. But tackling the most common hazards is a good place to start saving workers’ lives and limbs..

Well-maintained forklifts are more productive, safer and have a longer useful life. Find out more about how we can help you keep your forklift fleet operating at peak efficiency and safety at our forklift services page.

Contact us to learn more at 800-322-LIFT.

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Maximizing Warehouse Space with Aislemaster

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The Aisle-Master VNA articulated forklift is the versatile lift truck that does it all. It works in narrow aisles to enable a dramatic reduction of working aisle widths in the warehouse.  This can increase the amount of storage space available by up to 50%. The Aisle-Master Very Narrow Aisle forklift is designed to work both inside and out, and can do the work of both reach and counterbalance forklifts for quicker operations. This reduces the number of trucks needed and cuts costs. AC electric and LPG powered models are available with lift capacities of up to 2.5t.

Easy Operation

The Aisle-Master couldn’t be easier to operate. The articulated design enables the operator to drive to the center of the pallet required, turn the steering, mast through 90 degrees and then drive directly into the pallet. The operator then simply reverses out while unwinding the steering wheel.

Indoors & Out

The Aisle-Master’s large super elastic tires and hydrostatic drive make light work of loading and off-loading in semi-rough yards, and ensure a smooth ride regardless of the terrain. Ramps or gradients are mastered effortlessly with the truck’s 67 horse power engine.

Safety & Comfort

Manufacturing standards at Aisle-Master have long been in accordance with the stringent USA regulations, with build quality and safety featuring uppermost on the company’s agenda. All the fundamental aspects of the Aisle-Master’s design, from the overhead guard for enhanced driver protection, the ergonomics of the controls, down to the high quality seating, guarantee the highest level of operator safety and comfort.

Low Maintenance

Aisle-Master’s hydrostatic drive system eliminates the problems associated with batteries and brake motors, further reducing maintenance and overall running costs.

Learn more about Aisle-Master at our website. Then contact us for more information or an Aisle-Master to fit your operation at 800-322-5438.

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Tomtop Inc., in City of Industry utilizes Aisle-Master forklifts from Cal-Lift to maximize warehouse space and decrease storage costs. Find out how you can save too by contacting us at 800-322-5438.