In the US, OSHA released it’s top 10 most cited violations for 2010. They were:
1. Scaffolding, General
2. Fall Protection
3. Hazard Communication
4. Respiratory Protection
7. Electrical, Wiring Methods
8. Powered Industrial Trucks
9. Electrical, General
10. Machine Guarding
These violations make up nearly half of all violations.
In Oct 2010 the 2009 work-related OSH claims were released by the ACC.
In 2009 (all figures are provisional unless stated otherwise):
· Sprains and strains were the most common type of work-related injury claim.
· 94,400 claims were made for sprain and strain injuries (44 percent of all claims).
· 213,000 claims were made for work-related injuries.
· 71 percent of work-related injury claims were for males (an incidence rate of 142 claims per 1,000 FTEs), greater than that for females (73 claims per 1,000 FTEs).
· Workers aged 45–54 made more claims for work-related injuries than any other age group, with 50,100 claims (24 percent of all claims).
· Trades workers, plant and machine operators and assemblers, and agriculture and fishery workers made 48 percent of work-related injury claims.
If we could tie in the US with the NZ data, I am sure we would find NZ had a similar number of OSH violations to the US, and the US a similar injury category breakdown. New Zealand can learn a lot from leveraging off the OSH research of the larger countries.