Welcome to another edition of Safety Sandy. Today we’re going to talk about general workplace safety and safety standards.
In 2011, more than 4,600 workers were killed on the job. That’s almost 90 per week and nearly 13 deaths every day. As Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis said in a speech earlier this year, “Every day in America, 13 people go to work and never come home. Every year in America, nearly 4 million people suffer a workplace injury from which some may never recover. These are preventable tragedies that disable our workers, devastate our families, and damage our economy.”
With statistics like these, it isn’t difficult to see why safety in the workplace is something to be taken seriously. It also isn’t difficult to see why thousands of people attended the 2012 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Orlando, Florida, in October. It was at this event where the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released its annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited workplace violations for 2012.
The list is as follows:
1.     Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501)
2.     Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200)
3.     Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451)
4.     Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
5.     Ladders (1926.1053)
6.     Machine Guarding – General Requirement (29 CFR 1910.212)
7.     Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)
8.     Electrical – Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305)
9.     Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout(1910.147)
10.  Electrical – General (29 CFR 1910.303)
At AK Material Handling Systems, we can help companies address many of these issues. Give us a call at 763-493-5015 to have us help you stay safe on the job.

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