are from ladders. There are many types of
ladders, and each presents their own risks.
Ladder accidents are usually caused by
a lack of adequate training on ladder safe-
ty, poor condition of the ladder, improper
ladder selection, and incorrect ladder posi-
While on a ladder, employees should
keep tools in a tool belt to keep their hands
free for climbing. Heavy and bulky objects
should only be brought up after the climber
has reached the top, and signs or barricades
should be used to warn workers below of
the potential for falling objects.
8. CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS ENERGY
The lack of proper training is the main
reason Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) continues
to appear on OSHA’s top ten list. Other key
mistakes include overlooking key control
procedures, using stock safety padlocks, and
failing to perform annual reviews of their
“Each safety padlock in a facility should
be registered to the facility and uniquely
identifiable,” says Waylen Pape, sales manager for Master Lock Company Security
& Safety Solutions. “Buying ‘stock’ safety
padlocks may not be sufficient to provide a
high level of safety in your facility.”
Experts at Master Lock
a “One employee, one lock,
one key” concept. Assuring
that each employee has their
own, assigned lock and key
can help prevent accidental
removal of locks.
9. ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
for all jobs,
forced to make
do with what
they have on
hand to get
the job done.
Unfortunately, the end result does not
always meet code and can create a dangerous work environment for employees.
“Historically, emphasis has not been
placed on regular maintenance and training
activities; however, this trend seems to be
changing,” says Jon Semancik, Product
Manager at Ericson Manufacturing, a com-
pany focused on safe lighting, power, and
Semancik recommends that each facility
have at least one dedicated expert on facility safety compliance, and that this person is
responsible for trainings on proper electrical maintenance practices. Successful programs also provide the resources, training,
and equipment to get the job done properly.
10. MACHINERY AND MACHINE
Common machine guarding mistakes
include improper maintenance, the intentional removal of the safeguarding devices
to increase production, and the lack of a
formal risk assessment.
“Some of the main mistakes manufac-
turers make is assuming that implement-
ing a good injury prevention program is
too expensive or too complicated,” says
Eric Esson, National Sales & Marketing
Manager at Frommelt Safety Products, a
company focused on industrial safety and
security. “Conducting a risk assessment is
not a one-man-job. A formal risk assess-
ment requires a team of people in order to
consider all potential hazards.”
He adds that there is no “one size fits
all” solution when it comes to machine
guarding. Where some situations may
require complete enclosure with a machine
guarding door, others would be better
served by a presence sensing device like a
#8 CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS
ENERGY (LOCKOUT/TAGOUT) —
Experts recommend using a
"one employee, one lock, one key"
strategy to prevent accidental
removal of locks.
#10 MACHINERY AND MACHINE GUARDING — Some machines may
require complete enclosure (as shown), while others are best served by
sensing devices like a light curtain.