A look back at the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo


Fall Protection again tops OSHA's 'Top 10' list of most frequently cited violations

For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements is OSHA's most frequently cited standard, the agency and Safety+Health announced Sept. 10 at the National Safety Council 2019 Congress & Expo.

The rest of the preliminary list of OSHA's Top 10 violations for fiscal year 2019 also remained largely unchanged from FY 2018, with only one minor adjustment. Lockout/Tagout, which ranked fifth in FY 2018, climbed one spot to No. 4, trading places with Respiratory Protection.

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list, based on OSHA Information System data from Oct. 1 to Aug. 15. Kevin Druley, associate editor for S+H, moderated the session, which took place in the NSC Learning Lab on the Expo Floor.

"Look at your own workplace and see where you can find solutions," Kapust said during the presentation. "These are common violations. They've been around for a while. The answers are out there."

The full list:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,010 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,671
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,813
  4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,606
  5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,450
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,345
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,093
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,773
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,743
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,411

Finalized data, along with additional details and exclusive content, will be published in the December issue of S+H.


NSC presents 'Best in Show' New Product Showcase Awards

After 14,261 votes were cast for 111 products from 72 companies, the results of the 2019 "Best in Show" New Product Showcase Awards were revealed Sept. 10 before the Occupational Keynote at the National Safety Council 2019 Congress & Expo.

The results:


Company: EgaMaster
Product: Total Safety Slogging Wrench
Description: 70% of all tool injuries involve hands. O-Ring insert eliminates slippage from fastener, reducing striking injuries to hands and fingers. Anti-Drop shackle eliminates head injuries when working at height. Available in steel, non-sparking aluminum bronze and copper beryllium – standard and metric.


Company: Task Gloves Corp.
Product: Versus Plus VII VSP72670HO
Description: Task Glove's unique proprietary engineered 18-gauge knit shell delivers an extremely lightweight, A7 cut resistance protection for maximum ?comfort with touchscreen compatibility. Palm-coated with our super-foam, soft nitrile provides excellent abrasion protection and grip while our nitrile-reinforced thumb saddle adds durability and extended wear of the glove.


Company: Maincal SA
Product: Energy 420G
Description: The Energy 420G is a model of Voran's innovative Sport Safe line. It is a safety sports shoe with an ultralight, slim sole that has a core of Infinergy by Basf. This technology is the world's first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) that has revolutionized running shoes. It makes the product comfortable to use while returning energy to the user with a reduction of fatigue.

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