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The following information should be shared with the Local Safety and Health Committee so that it can include these items during their safety inspections, etc., of the Facility.

Once a year OSHA publishes a list of the ten most frequently cited safety standards. The list is indicative of trends and changes in workplace safety throughout the nation. The rankings could also indicate changes in levels of enforcement.

In 2002, with the exception of a switch in positions between first and second place, the ranking of cited standards remained consistent with the previous year. The construction industry had the largest number of work-related fatalities. Nearly 24 construction workers were killed every week. With 7,953 citations for scaffolding violations, the industry exceeded the 2001's number by well over 800. The most frequently cited standard of 2001 was the Haz-Com standard, but during 2002 the number fell significantly from the previous year's 7,233 citations to 6,702.

Here is the complete OSHA top ten list:

1.    Scaffolding/Construction (1926.451) 7,953 violations in 2002; 7,134 in 2001
2.    Hazard Communications (1910.1200) 6,702 violations in 2002; 7,233 in 2001
3.    Fall Protection/Construction (1926-501) 5,118   violations in 2002; 4,421 in 2001
4.    Respiratory Protections (1910.134) 4,075 violations in 2002; 3,971 in 2001
5.    Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,796 violations in 2002; 3,875 in 2001
6.    Electrical Wiring (1910.305) 3,106 violations in 2002; 3,125 in 2001
7.    Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,747 violations in 2002;  2,797 in 2001
8.    Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,421 violations in 2002; 2,334 in 2001
9.    Electrical Systems (1910.303) 2,219 violations in 2002; 2,223 in 2001


Gary Kloepfer
National Representative at Large

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