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How do you avoid workplace injuries? There are plenty of strategies, but one of the simplest is to learn from the mistakes of others. The good news is that there’s an annual top ten list of the most common workplace injuries OSHA sees every year, hand-in-hand with OSHA’s most frequently cited violations.
The bad news? We see a lot of the usual suspects from one year to the next. Here’s a look at the most common workplace injuries OSHA cites each year, and what you can do to avoid the same mistakes.
According to data from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, including non-fatal injuries and fatal injuries, the top ten most common workplace injuries are:
OSHA also publishes a list of its top ten most frequently cited standards, which for 2020 were:
Taken together, they present a clear picture of the state of safety in workplaces.
What’s interesting is that while some of these standards switched places on the list, the contents of the list did not change from 2019 to 2020. In fact, fall protection violations remained OSHA’s most cited violation for the tenth successive fiscal year.
What does that mean for employers? In a year that was defined by the coronavirus, workplace safety became more pressing than ever before, yet safety hazards remained constant. It’s a valuable lesson for employers that while we need to drive a focus on safety leadership during COVID-19, we still need to focus on the same persistent safety risks.
As an employer, these lists also serve as your best resource to beef up your safety program.
Not sure where to begin? Take a look at these lists. Together, they show you the areas where most workplaces fall short, which means there’s a decent chance your workplace faces many of the same problems. By using these lists to be proactive, you can shift out of a reactive safety mentality and avoid many of the familiar problems that land a workplace in front of OSHA in the first place.
Don’t be a statistic. Your employees deserve better, and your customers demand better.
Listen, we get it. Safety is hard, especially during COVID-19. The most common workplace injuries OSHA list is just one place to start, but it’s another matter entirely to turn the list into practical safety results.
That’s where we can help, with compliance management software that allows you to see the whole picture and make practical safety decisions based on data and regulatory language. It’s precision and a people-first approach–or, as we like to call it, the right way to do safety.
Let’s work toward a healthier, safer 2021. Get in touch to learn more about how our software can help.
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