Federal safety officials announced the top 10 occupational safety standards most often violated by employers in fiscal year 2017 last month at the National Safety Council’s annual Congress & Expo in Indianapolis
Patrick Kapust, the Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), showed at the meeting that 2017’s preliminary list of top 10 violations closely resembles last year’s, with the top five most-frequent violations remaining the same.
Violations of the general requirements required of employers to protect their workers from being seriously injured or killed by falling have occupied the number-one position on the list since 2011 – the seventh year in a row. Violations of federal fall protection rules come in the top spot by a wide margin, too, with nearly 1,900 more citations than the second spot on the list, hazard communications.
Hazard communication rules govern how employers must communicate information about chemicals and other harmful substances on labels and data sheets so that employees are aware of the risks and take the proper precautions.
“One thing I’ve said before in the past on this is, this list doesn’t change too much from year to year. These things are readily fixable,” Kapust said during the presentation. “I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplace.”
OSHA’s full top-10 list of the most frequently cited violations:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements: 6,072 violations
- Hazard Communication: 4,176
- Scaffolding: 3,288
- Respiratory Protection: 3,097
- Lockout/Tagout: 2,877
- Ladders: 2,241
- Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,162
- Machine Guarding: 1,933
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523
- Electrical – Wiring Methods: 1,405
“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”