Friday, February 24, 2017

MNOSHA's top 10 most common citations in 2016

How is your city doing? Are you keeping your employees safe with proper training? Reviewing your safety policies annually and actually following them? Each year Minnesota OSHA (MNOSHA) Compliance publishes its lists of the most frequently cited workplace safety and health standards for the construction industry, general industry, and all industries combined.

MNOSHA top 10 for 2016
  1. Hazard communication (296 citations)
  2. Fall protection in construction (285 citations)
  3. Employee right-to-know training (276 citations)
  4. A Workplace Accident and Injury Reduction (AWAIR) program (170 citations)
  5. Machinery and machine guarding -- general requirements (154 citations)
  6. The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) (150 citations)
  7. Respiratory protection (145 citations)
  8. Electrical wiring methods, components and equipment in general industry (92 citations)
  9. Powered industrial trucks (86 citations)
  10. General requirements for scaffolds (84 citations)
 
Fact sheets with charts of the top 10 most-frequently cited standards for the construction industry and general industry are available at www.dli.mn.gov/OSHA/FactSheets.asp.

As a reminder, if you need additional training and compliance assistance, the League of Minnesota Cities offers Regional Safety Groups (RSGs) as well as web-based FirstNet Safety Training.

 

By: Julie Jelen, Loss Control Consultant


Friday, February 17, 2017

Another Success - A MN/OSHA Grant Story!


The City of Victoria recently applied for a OSHA Safety Grant to help with employee safety and to minimize employee risk when installing posts and trees. The City reviewed how they were installing sign posts and wanted to minimize the cost of renting an air compressor while also reducing the manual pounding of posts. The City of Victoria was awarded a Gas Post Pounder through the Minnesota OSHA Safety Grant for about $2500.



















The City also applied for another tool on their OSHA Grant application. Victoria had been digging post holes and installing basketball hoops by manually digging them out; they also needed a safer way to install trees in their parks. After renting an auger attachment and continuously seeing the employee benefits they added it to their grant application and it was approved as well. The recent auger acquisition is waiting for the spring months to be put to work. The Auger Attachment was purchased for about $1800.




















By: Troy Walsh