Top Ten OSHA Violations

Top Ten OSHA Violations

What are OSHA inspectors targeting now?

At the 2012 National Safety Council Congress and Expo, OSHA unveiled this year’s top ten OSHA violations. Presented live from the Expo floor, Health and Safety Magazine sponsored the top ten list event. This list has some very familiar violations from previous years. Some violations have moved higher on this list while some have moved lower due to compliance and proper safety procedures.

Most Cited Violations of 2012

1. Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501) 7250 violations

2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) 4696 violations (mainly due to lack of training, labeling fail, access to MSDSs and lacking correct MSDSs)

3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) – 3018 violations (Big problem, people using scaffoldings as ladders and ladders as scaffolding, assuming one could work for the other.)

4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

5. Ladders (1926.1053)

6. Machine Guarding – General Requirement (29 CFR 1910.212)

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)

8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305)

9. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

10.Electrical – General (29 CFR 1910.303) 2863 violations

OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.


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