Again in 2017, FALL PROTECTION – GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (1926.501) topped the list of most-cited violations by OSHA inspectors. While the number of citations remained relatively flat in the category, a new violation came roaring into the top 10, focusing attention with the usual sense of urgency OSHA gives to these top issues. At number 9, FALL PROTECTION – TRAINING REQUIREMENTS recorded 1,724 violations after not previously making the list.
|Rank||Violation||Standard||2016 Citations||2017 Citations|
|1||Fall Protection – General Requirements||1926.501||6906||6887|
|7||Powered Industrial Trucks||1910.178||2855||2349|
|9||Fall Protection – Training Requirements||1926.503||Not-Ranked||1724|
|10||Electrical – Wiring Methods||1910.305||1937||1530|
Many of the violations are related to training requirements and ensuring establishment of a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards. Active fall protection (Steps 3 and 4 below) is training-intensive but often overlooked in the process. Proper inspection timetables, proper use of equipment, and most importantly a rescue plan are the key reasons to have a documented safety training program in place.
Installing a PASSIVE FALL PROTECTION system is a great way to reduce overall training requirements by building a physical barrier between the employee and the hazard. It is called PASSIVE because it requires no effort from the employee to engage the protective equipment, for example, putting on a harness and securing a lanyard to a certified tie-off point requires the employee to specifically participate in the process. Once installed, there is minimal investment to keep it working for years to come. It can also be a temporary setup or permanent installation at a location.
When you encounter your next hazard, call a Safety Professional and explore how a PASSIVE FALL PROTECTION system can elevate your safety program.