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    :: Tuesday, October 24, 2006 ::

    OSHA's Top 10 Features a Familiar Cast - Occupational Hazards
    For the fifth year in a row, Scaffolds - General Requirements was far and away OSHA's most violated standard.

    The agency in fiscal year 2006 cited employers for 9,012 violations of 1926.451, which details OSHA's scaffolding requirements for construction. Fiscal year 2006 ran from Oct. 1, 2005, through Sept. 30.

    The rest of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards includes a familiar ensemble of standards.

    Hazard Communication (1910.1200) was second - just as it was last year - with 6,704 violations.

    Fall Protection - Duty to Have Fall Protection (1926.501) for construction ranked third with 6,378 violations.
    OSHA Compliance Assistance > Most Frequently Cited Standards - OSHA
    Safety and Health Topics: Construction - Scaffolding - OSHA
    An estimated 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the construction industry, work on scaffolds frequently. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents may prevent some of the 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year, which cost American employers $90 million in workdays lost. In a recent BLS study, 72 percent of workers injured in scaffold accidents attributed the accident either to the planking or support giving way, or to the employee slipping or being struck by a falling object. All of these accidents can be controlled by compliance with OSHA standards.
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