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Top 10 OSHA Violations 2017

At the end of September every year several things happen. It is the official start of autumn. All of the children are back in school. Pumpkin spice everything is available. OSHA publishes their list of top ten most-cited standards. These are always announced at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo. The timing fits with OSHA’s fiscal year that runs from October 1 through September 30. So, without further delay….

Most-Cited OSHA Standards for Fiscal Year 2017

  1. Fall Protection – Standard 1926.501 with 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communications – Standard 1910.1200 with 6,072 violations
  3. Scaffolding- Standard 2936.451 with 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection – Standard 1910.134 with 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout – Standard 1910.147 with 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders – Standard 1926.1053 with 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks – Standard 1910.178 with 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding – Standard 1910.212 with 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection: Training requirements – Standard 1926.503 with 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical Wiring Methods – Standard 1910.305 with 1,405 violations

Here are some things I notice about this year’s list. First of all, four of top ten are related. By this I mean, items 1, 3, 6 and 9 are related to falling.  Next, take note that the top five violations are the exact same and in the same order as the past four fiscal years. Almost every other standard listed for 2017 is also on the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 lists. The only Continue Reading…

The Top 10 – OSHA Violations 2016

Top 10s

When you think “Top 10” you might think about David Letterman’s top 10 lists. These lists are perhaps his greatest legacy from his run on the “The Late Show” (see 5 Top 10 Lists from David Letterman)

Unfortunately, this blog is not about those top 10 lists, but rather something far more serious, OSHA’s Top 10 violations.

This list is comprised of nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. The top 3 violations remain the same as the last three years. They include: fall protection, hazard communication and scaffolds.

The complete Top 10 OSHA violations list includes:

  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

According to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are more than 4500 worker deaths and approximately 3 million workers injured every year. Many of the deaths are associated with fall, poor scaffolding and forklift operations. (https://blog.dol.gov/2016/10/18/top-10-osha-citations-of-2016-a-starting-point-for-workplace-safety/)


What is astonishing is that so many of the deaths and injuries are preventable. Employers and employees must take safety seriously. Unlike David Letterman’s Top 10, there is nothing funny about workers dying or being injured.

OSHA has recently released new recommendations for safety and health programs that will help prevent injuries and deaths, reduce costs, improve compliance, and engage workers. This recommendation can be found here: https://www.osha.gov/shpguidelines/.


Training is vital. Ensure workers are trained, and Continue Reading…

Top 10 2015 OSHA Violations Released

Not Just Numbers, But Lives

Once again we find ourselves upon the time of year where OSHA releases the preliminary numbers for the top 10 violations for their calendar year. Remember OSHA’s fiscal year runs October 1 to September 30, this is why these are only preliminary numbers. At the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo held in Atlanta, GA in September OSHA released this information. Data is still being collected and finalized.

The preliminary numbers show that there has been little movement in the top 10 over the past year. This data will be updated and the numbers will change over the next few months. This is what has been released as of September.

Top 10 2015 OSHA Violations

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
  5. Control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout) (1910.147) – 3,002
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

Based on OSHA’s top 10 list from last year, 2014, we can see the power industrial truck violations moved down a spot to the 6th leading violation from the 5th last year. Control of hazardous energy, most commonly referred to as Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) has actually moved up a spot to the 5th leading violation this year up from the 6th spot last year. Continue Reading…

OSHA Update
10 Commonly Cited Safety Violations and How to Avoid Them

Without proper protocol, injuries such as shock, falling, and burns are common injuries workers can be subjected to at the workplace. Employees who suffer from worked-related injuries and the companies they work for are at risk with the backlash of medical bills and lawsuits, not to mention long-term health concerns. Accidents do happen, but most of them are avoidable and you can lower the risk of serious injury by shoring up your safety protocols.

Employees can injure themselves in all sorts of manners, but by sticking to safety protocols that help companies avoid OSHA violations, you can protect your employees and your business from unnecessary hazards. All it takes is a few small measures and some training to have your business operations running efficiently and safely.

Here is a list of the most cited safety standards by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Electrical, wiring methods
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Lockout/Tagout
  9. Electrical, general requirements
  10. Machine Guarding

OSHA recorded fall protection as the number one cited standard, and it has remained so along with the other top four in their listed order for quite some time. In fact, the top ten hasn’t changed since 2011. Despite the consistency of the top ten rankings, the number of citations has grown exponentially over the past few years. For instance, the tenth ranked citation, Machine Continue Reading…

2014 OSHA Violations – An Update

Thus far in, 2014 there has been 75,147 initial inspections conducted by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) at both the State and Federal level. These inspections have resulted in a total of 122,589 initial violations and had exposed a potential 1,331,669 workers. These initial violations will cost companies upward of $123,903,011.24 overall. (Department of Labor’s Website)

2014 OSHA Violations

These violations fall in to the following categories:

Serious Violations:

Total violations: 77,123

When the workplace hazard could cause an accident or illness that would most likely result in death or serious physical harm, unless the employer did not know or could not have known of the violation.

Repeated Violations:

Total violations: 3,423

An organization may be cited for a repeated violation if the establishment has been cited previously for the same or a substantially similar condition and, for a serious violation, OSHA’s inspection history for the establishments lists a previous OSHA Notice issued within the past five years; or, for an other-than-serious violation, the establishment being inspected received a previous OSHA Notice issued within the past five years.

Other-Than-Serious Violations:

Total violations: 39,787

These violations have a direct relationship to job safety and health, but is not serious in nature.

Willful Violations:

Total violations: 280

A willful violation is defined as a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement (purposeful disregard) or acted with plain indifference to employee safety.

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OSHA Top 10 Violations for 2013

Each year OSHA publishes its “Top Ten List” of the most cited violations. And each year looks much like the last: Fall Protection and Scaffolding are number 1 and 2 on the list. This year, HAZCOM violations come in at #2 for the second year in a row. In its defense, HAZCOM became law in March of 2012 (OSHA’s implementation of the Globally Harmonized System – GHS) and assimilation to a new hazard criterion is a slow process for both sides of the law.  If this were a professional sports league, and the same teams came in either first or second place year after year, then it’s apparent something is really wrong with its internal structure. Of course someone HAS to come in first place and someone has to come in last. That’s inevitable regardless of sport or how good or bad you are. However, here the top teams lose the most either in penalty fines or serious injury or death to workers. This is a two-ton gold medal you DON’T want hanging around your neck!

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein

Top 10 cited violations:

  1. Fall protection, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry
    (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
    (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, Continue Reading…
What is the Cost of Doing Business Safely?

According to OSHA the Most Frequently Cited Standards

The following were the top 10 most frequently cited standards in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  6. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  7. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  8. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  9. Machines, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]
  10. Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.303) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

The following are the standards for which OSHA assessed the highest penalties in fiscal year 2012 (October 1, 2011 through September 30, 2012):

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety Continue Reading…