Oregon OSHA Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

December 19, 2013

In this issue:

 

Construction industry's top 10 serious safety and health violations for 2013

Top 10 for 2013

Safety: Fall protection violations accounted for more than 60 percent of the construction industry's top 10 serious safety violations this year. Topping the list is Oregon OSHA's general fall protection rule (437-003-1501), which establishes the fall-protection requirements and exceptions for workers who work at heights of 10 feet or higher.

Health: Lead exposure, respiratory protection, hazard communication, and asbestos rules were among the year's top 10 serious health violations. In Oregon, construction industry employers receive more citations for violations of these standards than any other health rules. Last month, the Construction Depot concluded a four-part series that explained the requirements of these frequently cited standards.

 

Top 10 serious safety violations (through Dec. 10)
Rank Rule Description Violations Initial penalty
1 437-003-1501 General fall-protection requirements 122 $131,770
2 1926.1053(b) Requirements for use of ladders 76 $43,100
3 1926.451(g) Fall protection (scaffolds) 28 $31,240
4 1926.1052(c) Stair rails and handrails 24 $3,300
5 437-001-760(1) Employers' responsibilities 23 $21,750
6 437-003-503(1) Fall protection training program 21 $10,620
7 1926.502(d) Personal fall-arrest systems 20 $14,860
8 1926.652(a) Protection of employees in excavations 19 $23,780
9 437-003-1501(1) Requirements to protect against injuries near holes 18 $13,670
10 437-003-1501(2) Fall protection for wall openings 17 $14,420
Source: DCBS TOP 25 VIOLATIONS REPORT (PF8060)

 

Top 10 serious health violations (through Dec. 10)
Rank Rule Description Violations Initial penalty
1 1926.62(d) Lead exposure assessment 7 $990
2 1910.134(c) Respiratory protection program 6 $700
3 1910.134(e) Requirements on the selection of respiratory protection 5 $690
4 1910.1200(h) Employee information and training 4 $460
5 1926.1101(f) Asbestos: Exposure assessments and monitoring 3 $2,730
6 1910.106(e) Flammable/combustible liquids - industrial plant requirements 3 $300
7 1910.1200(e) Written hazard communication program 3 $240
8 437-2-161(5) Emergency eyewash and shower facilities 2 $200
9 1910.1052(l) Methylene chloride - employee information and training requirements 2 $1,040
10 1910.1052(g) Methylene chloride - respiratory protection requirements 2 $325
Source: DCBS TOP 25 VIOLATIONS REPORT (PF8060)

 

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