Fall Protection leads the way on OSHA’s Top 10 violations

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Fall Protection leads the way on OSHA’s Top 10 violations

OSHA announced its most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2016 and for the sixth year in a row, Fall Protection is number one.

Speaking at the 2016 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Tom Musick, associate editor for Safety & Health magazine, presented the preliminary data.

“The Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards,” Kapust said during the presentation.

Rounding out the top 5 were Hazard Communication in the second slot, followed by Scaffolding at No. 3, Respiratory Protection in fourth and Lockout/Tagout at No. 5.

“Every year, the OSHA Top 10 serves as a guide for employers to address the biggest safety risks facing their employees,” Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC, said in a press release. “We look forward to working with employers to reduce these incidents and ensure every workplace is on a Journey to Safety Excellence.”

The data below represents the top 10 most frequently violated OSHA standards from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 11, 2016. This data is preliminary and reflects federal OSHA violations only.

  1. Fall Protection: 6,929 violations (1926.501)
    2015 violations: 7,402 (1)
  2. Hazard Communication: 5,677 violations (1910.1200)
    2015 violations: 5,681 (2)
  3. Scaffolding: 3,906 violations (1926.451)
    2015 violations: 4,681 (3)
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,585 violations (1910.134)
    2015 violations: 3,626 (4)
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 3,414 violations (1910.147)
    2015 violations: 3,308 (5)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,860 violations (1910.178)
    2015 violations: 3,004 (6)
  7. Ladders: 2,639 violations (1926.1053)
    2015 violations: 2,732 (7)
  8. Machine Guarding: 2,451 violations (1910.212)
    2015 violations: 2,540 (9)
  9. Electrical — Wiring Methods: 1,940 violations (1910.305)
    2015 violations: 2,624 (8)
  10. Electrical — General Requirements: 1,704 violations (1910.303)
    2015 violations: 2,181 (10)

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