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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for FY 2016

 

OSHA’s Top 10 list, it starts with Fall Protection (1926.501) as the most cited violation for the sixth straight year. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) and Scaffolding (1926.451) complete the top three most-cited categories, all unchanged from FY 2015.

Rounding out the top five most cited violations are Respiratory Protection (1910.134) and Lockout/Tagout (1910.147).

OSHA issued a total of more than 35,000 citations in its Top 10 categories during fiscal 2016, which ended Sept. 30.

OSHA’s Top 10 for fiscal year 2016

  Standard Total Violations
1 Fall Protection – General Requirements 6,906
2 Hazard Communication 5,665
3 Scaffolding 3,900
4 Respiratory Protection 3,573
5 Lockout/Tagout 3,406
6 Powered Industrial Trucks 2,855
7 Ladders 2,625
8 Machine Guarding 2,488
9 Electrical Wiring Methods 1,937
10 Electrical – General Requirements 1,704

 

A serious violation is defined by OSHA as “one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.”

OSHA’s Top 10 serious violations, fiscal year 2016

  Standard Total Violations
1 Fall Protection (1926.501) 5,635
2 Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 3,544
3 Scaffolding (1926.451) 3,535
4 Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,414
5 Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 2,421
6 Ladders (1926.1053) 2,365
7 Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,147
8 Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,043
9 Electrical-Wiring Methods (1910.305) 1,424
10 Fall Protection Training (1926.503) 1,285

 

A willful violation is defined by OSHA as one “committed with an intentional disregard of or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and requirements.”

OSHA’s Top 10 willful violations, fiscal year 2016

  Standard Total Violations
1 Fall Protection (1926.501) 173
2 Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 114
3 Lead (1910.1025) 52
4 Excavations (1926.652) 49
5 Mechanical Power Press (1910.217) 44
6 Scaffolding (1926.451) 40
7 Machine Guarding (1910.212) 19
8 Specific Excavation Requirements ( 1926.651) 19
9 General Duty Clause (5(a)(1) 16
10 Grain Handling (1910.272), Welding, Cutting and Heating (1915.53) 14

 

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