OHSA's Top Ten Safety Violations
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its annual list of the ten most cited workplace safety violations for the fiscal year that ended September 30. The list was unchanged from the prior year, and demonstrates OSHA's emphasis on the construction industry and hazards associated with construction work. The number of citations issued for these ten standards run from 6,721 for fall protection, down to 1,973 for general electrical requirements.
Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the agency's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, the world's largest gathering of safety professionals. “In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.”
The Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for FY 2015 (thru September, 2015) fell into the following categories:
- Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
- Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
- Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
- Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
- Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
- Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973
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