The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently identified the 10 most serious cited violations for 2015. Although some of these have little to do with agriculture, a number of them do occur with some frequency in farming operations. Fall protection was the most frequently cited serious accident with approximately 6,000 violations nationwide, while scaffolding came in second with more than 4,000 incidents.
OSHA’s entire top 10 list, along with the number of violations during 2015, is as follows:
1) Fall Protection - 6,173
2) Scaffolding - 4,281
3) Hazard Communication - 3,180
4) Lockout/Tagout - 2,739
5) Ladders - 2,512
6) Respiratory Protection - 2,250
7) Machine Guarding - 2,242
8) Powered Industrial - 2,182
9) Electrical Wiring Methods - 1,976
10) Electrical General - 1,557
Western Growers Insurance Services has safety team members who are certified to train employees in all of these areas.
If you would like to have one of our safety specialists work with your employees on some of these or other safety issues, please contact Vice President of Western Growers Insurance Services Greg Nelson at (949) 885-2287.
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