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OSHA’s Top 10 Cited Violations

Every year OSHA releases the top 10 most cited violations list to inform the industry of what safety topics to focus on in future trainings as well as on job sites. Recently OSHA released their preliminary top 10 most cited violations list for 2019. The 2019 list includes the same violations as 2018.

These ratings and violations do not include violations found by state enforcement agencies yet reflect nationwide safety issues that need to be amended.

Below is the list of OSHA’s 2019 top 10 citied violations:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements
    • 7,014 Total Violations
  2. Hazard Communication
    • 4,170 Total Violations
  3. Scaffolding
    • 3,228 Total Violations
  4. Lockout/Tagout
    • 2,975 Total Violations
  5. Respiratory Protection
    • 2,826 Total Violations
  6. Ladders
    • 2,766 Total Violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
    • 2,347 Total Violations
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements
    • 2,059 Total Violations
  9. Machine Guarding
    • 1,987 Total Violations
  10. Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment – Eye & Face Protection
    • 1,630 Total Violations

Our client success teams include customer-centric account managers, project managers and safety personnel. This team works exclusively with their clients to ensure that both the clients’ and Lee Contracting’s safety policies are enforced. The success of this union results in our safety representatives becoming experts in their customers’ exact safety policy. Between our safety policies and our customers’ safety policies, we encompass all areas, recognizing and preventing any possible hazards.

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At Lee Contracting, we don’t just talk about safety, we put safety into action. We continuously train our employees to recognize unsafe working conditions to minimize risk and the potential for injury. Our commitment to safety and health is designed to prevent employee accident/injury while promoting a positive environment. When our company meets our safety goals, it translates to better service and reduced costs for all our customers. Learn more about our safety program on our website today.

Call us today to receive a free quote on your next industrial project (888) 833-8776.

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Forklift Safety

Forklift accidents are often responsible for creating costly delays, potential lawsuits and stressful work environments. However, the human cost of forklift misuse is far greater. An estimated 85 people die annually from forklift accidents, according to OSHA statistics. Overall, nearly 100,000 workers are injured per year as a result of forklift misuse.

Nearly 35,000 serious forklift accidents happen annually according to OSHA. Almost half of those accidents take place in manufacturing facilities. Construction, warehouses and transportation also see their share of forklift collisions. Some accidents are due to driver error. Inadequate training and poor forklift safety design also cause mishaps and injuries. Here’s everything you need to know about forklift accidents and how to keep yourself and other employees safe in the workplace.

Types of Forklift Accidents

Accidents vary according to the kind of forklift and the work the forklift and driver are performing. Some forklift hazards are:

  • Driving off a loading dock
  • Falls between loading docks and trailers
  • Falls from lift tines or elevated pallets
  • Collisions with pedestrians

Why are Forklifts Dangerous?

Forklifts can be dangerous if used improperly. Forklifts are heavier in the rear to compensate for the heavy loads being carried in the front. This uneven weight distribution can make a forklift difficult to handle. Other reasons forklifts can be a dangerous piece of equipment:

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  • Forklifts can weigh up to 9,000 pounds
  • Forklifts can travel up to 18mph
  • Forklifts only have front brakes, making them harder to stop
  • Forklifts are often used to raise hefty loads to considerable heights, a dangerous combination

HOW TO IMPROVE FORKLIFT SAFETY

Improve Housekeeping

Maintaining a clean jobsite will allow for safer use of all equipment including forklifts. Keep the floor/ground clear of debris, move large equipment, trash, workers’ personal items and any other potential hazards out of the forklift’s route. Narrow aisles, excessive dust and raised platforms are common workplace design problems that need to be kept in mind while planning a forklift route.

AVOID DANGEROUS BEHAVIORS WITH TRAINING

OSHA has found that nearly 70 percent of all forklift accidents could have been avoided by following correct training and policy. Human error is a common culprit behind forklift accidents. Adequate operator training is key in avoiding accidents. Forklift operators can accidentally drive forklifts off loading docks, carry unstable loads and tip over and strike a fellow employee around a blind corner, just to name a few potentially deadly circumstances.

Safe practices for drivers include:

  • Loading the forklift so that operator visibility is not impaired
  • Ensuring fellow workers in the area know there is an operating forklift nearby
  • Avoiding excessive speeds
  • Taking extra caution when coming around blind corners, doorways and other areas of high foot traffic

Employees who are not involved in forklift duties still have a responsibility to keep themselves out of harm’s way. Here are some safety tips:

  • Keep a safe distance from the forklift at all times
  • Make eye contact with the driver if approaching a moving forklift
  • Do not walk under raised forks
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IMPLEMENT A SAFETY PLAN

Having a forklift safety program at your business helps keep your employees safe. The recommended forklift safety program includes regular vehicle check-ups and making sure that the equipment is only used for its intended purpose. Proper use of equipment is crucial to prevent accidents and ensure that your workspace remains safe. Taking the time to examine forklifts and determine that each forklift is up-to-date on breaking mechanisms, warning lights and mechanical features is paramount to keeping your workers safe. Using the proper equipment for the task at hand is key to keeping your workplace accident free. There are a variety of different forklifts for different needs, and it is key to use the right lift for the right task.

At Lee Contracting, the safety of our personnel is top priority. Learn more about our safety department and how we stay safe.

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2019 Safe & Sound Week

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of worker deaths and reported injuries in the United States has decreased by more than 60 percent in the past four decades since the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed. However, every year, more than 5,000 workers are killed on the job (a rate of 14 per day), and more than 3.6 million suffer a serious job-related injury or illness.

Serious job-related injuries or illnesses don’t just hurt workers and their families but can hurt business in a variety of ways. Implementing a safety and health program, however, can improve small- and medium-sized businesses’ safety and health performance, save money, and improve competitiveness.

Safety and health programs help businesses:

  • Prevent workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Improve compliance with laws and regulations
  • Reduce costs, including significant reductions in workers’ compensation premiums
  • Engage workers
  • Enhance social responsibility goals
  • Increase productivity and enhance overall business operations

Lee Contracting is participating in this year’s Safe & Sound week by holding many trainings lead by our own safety staff and external safety companies. These trainings include:

  • Mobile Crane Training
  • Lockout Tagout
  • Hydration Heat Stress
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Hand & Eye Protection
  • Ladder Safety
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We also participated in a community event hosted by the Construction Association of Michigan. During the event, we learned the core elements of a safety and health management system. We also received resources to keep our safety program up to date to ensure the safety of our staff.

At Lee Contracting, we are committed to safety. With continuous training and our dedicated safety staff, we provide world-class safety on all our jobs.

You can learn more about Safe & Sound Week here.

Receive your free quote today or call us today at (888) 833-8776 to learn how we can safely complete your next industrial project.