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OSHA’s Top Ten Citations for 2016

Every October, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year, compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff.

One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, OSHA inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.

More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured, despite the fact that by law, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers. If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.

Consider this list a starting point for workplace safety:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

It’s no coincidence that falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths, particularly in construction, and OSHA’s top 10 list features lack of fall protection as well as ladder and scaffold safety issues. We know how to protect workers from falls, and have an ongoing campaign to inform employers and workers about these measures.

OSHA says far too many workers are killed or gruesomely injured when machinery starts up suddenly while being repaired, or hands and fingers are exposed to moving parts. Lockout/tagout and machine guarding  violations are often the culprit here. Proper lockout/tagout procedures ensure that machines are powered off and can’t be turned on while someone is working on them. And installing guards to keep hands, feet and other appendages away from moving machinery prevents amputations and worse.

The high number of fatalities associated with forklifts, and high number of violations for powered industrial truck safety, tell us that many workers are not being properly trained to safely drive these kinds of potentially hazardous equipment.

Rounding out the top 10 list are violations related to electrical safety, an area where the dangers are well-known.

Their list of top violations is far from comprehensive. OSHA regulations cover a wide range of hazards, all of which imperil worker health and safety. They urge employers to go beyond the minimal requirements to create a culture of safety at work, which has been shown to reduce costs, raise productivity and improve morale. To help them, OSHA has released new recommendations for creating a safety and health program at their workplaces.

OSHA has many additional resources, including a wealth of information on their website and their free and confidential On-site Consultation Program. But tackling the most common hazards is a good place to start saving workers’ lives and limbs.

All of us at Bramco-MPS encourage our customers to engage in robust training and employee safety efforts. The equipment that we operation can be very safe, or very dangerous, depending upon training and company policies.

Superior Industries Washing, Conveying and Screening Videos

These two videos by Superior Industries demonstrate why their products are so durable, reliable and why so many materials processing companies rely on them. Bramco MPS is proud to be your source for Superior Industries products in the Ohio Valley Region.

Visit www.bramcomps.com to see our complete lineup of materials processing equipment. We have all the equipment you need for your materials processing operation, regardless how small or big.

Superior Appoints Bramco-MPS as Dealer Throughout Portions of Indiana and Appalachia

We are proud to announce that Superior conveying, washing and crushing equipment has expanded our territory to include parts of Indiana and Appalachia. Read the full Press Release below.

March 17, 2016

Morris, MN – Superior Industries, Inc., a major U.S. manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, appointed Bramco-Material Processing Solutions (MPS) as a new equipment dealer in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Bramco-MPS will market, sell and service Superior brand crushing and screening equipment in Indiana, plus washing and conveying equipment in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“We are very impressed and excited to start working with Bramco’s veteran, industry-experienced sales and service teams,” says Bill Humphrey, Superior’s equipment sales territory manager in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. “Their team is equipped with individuals who possess dozens of years of industry experience building aggregate and coal focused mineral processing systems for their customers.”

Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, Bramco-MPS is one of the largest multi-state construction, mining, material handling, processing and earth moving equipment distributors with thirteen full-service branches throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Mississippi. Their business provides customers with support services for single or multiple locations including determining machinery to best fit an application, production expectations and operation and maintain training and support.

About Superior Industries, Inc.
Superior Industries engineers and manufactures groundbreaking, bulk material processing and handling equipment and cutting-edge components related to the machinery. From its headquarters in Morris, Minnesota, USA, the manufacturing firm supplies bulk crushing, screening, washing and conveying systems for industries including construction aggregates, mining, bulk terminals, agriculture, power and biomass. The 43-year-old company also manufactures idlers, pulleys and conveyor-related accessories.  In addition to its home plant in Minnesota, Superior operates from additional engineering and manufacturing centers in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska, USA; Alberta and New Brunswick, Canada; and three production facilities in Brazil.