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OSHA - Texas Top Construction Hazards in 2017

image Joann Natarajan, Compliance Assistance Specialist, OSHA, Austin, TX

DALLAS/FT WORTH - The list of most frequently cited OSHA laws in construction over the last year:







1.    1926.501(b)(13) – Fall protection was not provided in residential construction where workers could fall more than 6 feet.  This hazard was cited more than 486 times for a total fine of 1.9 million dollars.
2.    1926.102(a)(1) – OSHA cited employers for not providing or not requiring workers to wear eye and face protection when necessary to protect them.  For example, safety glasses would be required when workers are using hand and power tools.
3.    1926.1053(b)(1) – Extension ladders did not extend at least 3 feet above the upper level so that workers would have the support when stepping off the ladder  to the upper level.
4.    1926.501(b)(1) – No fall protection was provided when workers were exposed to a fall distance of 6 feet or more to a lower level.
5.    1926.100(a) – No head protection was provided where there were overhead hazards.  OSHA requires workers to wear hard hats if there are hazards that could strike the workers head, such as other workers who could drop materials or tools from an overhead scaffold.
6.    1926.503(a)(1) –Training on the recognition and avoidance of fall hazards was not provided to workers.  Workers that are exposed to fall hazards have to be trained on how to recognize potential fall hazards, and fall protection measures such as guardrails and personal fall arrest systems.
7.    1926.453(b)(2)(v) – Workers in an aerial lift were not wearing a body harness and lanyard and were not attached to the lift anchor point.  OSHA requires workers in aerial lifts be tied off to prevent them from being ejected or falling out of the lift.
8.    1926.451(e)(1) – OSHA requires that workers be provided a safe method to access working levels of scaffolds.  Climbing the end frame is allowed if the scaffold is designed for this purpose, but climbing the cross braces is not allowed.
9.    1904.39(a)(2) – The employer did not  report a workplace incident that resulted in an amputation, loss or eye, or inpatient hospitalization of one or more workers within 24 hours.  The requirement to report these injuries became effective January 1, 2015.
10.    1926.501(b)(10) – Fall protection was not provided on low slope roofs.  Options for low slope roofs include guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or a combination of warning line system and guardrail system, warning line system and safety net system, or warning line system and personal fall arrest system, or warning line system and safety monitoring system. Or, on roofs 50-feet (15.25 m) or less in width the use of a safety monitoring system alone [i.e. without the warning line system] is permitted.

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Melissa Jones-Meyer dfweditor@constructionnews.net