OSHA Most Cited Violations 2016

Each year, at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA announces its top Top Ten Most Cited Violations for the previous fiscal year, which ends September 30th. And year after year, the same violations remain on the top ten list.

This year was no exception. Once again, Fall Protection was the most cited OSHA violation, for the sixth year in a row. In fact, the entire Top Ten Most Cited list was nearly identical to the last two years. Compare:

2016 OSHA Most Cited List:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine Guarding
  9. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  10. Electrical – General Requirements

2015 OSHA Most Cited List

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Electrical – General Requirements

2014 OSHA Most Cited List: 

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks
  6. Lockout/Tagout
  7. Ladders
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Electrical – General Requirements

 

So what’s the takeaway from a list that remains the same year after year? Even safety-conscious companies can learn from the list as it gives them the most problematic safety areas to focus on. “Every year, the OSHA Top 10 serves as a guide for employers to address the biggest safety risks facing their employees,” stated Deborah A.P. Hersman, president/CEO of NSC. Her colleague, Patrick Kaputst, concurred: “The Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards.”

Stonehouse Signs Machine Guarding Sign Caution Do Not Operate This Machine Without Guards In PlaceIndeed, companies should strive to continually reinforce safety standards to their workers, and also properly train any new hires on proper safety procedures. What the Most Cited list proves is that there is no down time for safety – companies must continually and consistently reinforce safety standards, or else risk an OSHA violation – or worse, an injured worker.

Stonehouse Signs’ products can help with OSHA compliance for many regulations, including lockout/tagout and other OSHA Most Cited regulations. We also produce a full range of signs designed to remind and reinforce good safety procedures, such as our Machine Guarding Signs.

For more information on OSHA regulations, read our articles on these most cited violations:

Or for more information on our OSHA-compliant safety signs and tags, contact Stonehouse Signs today.

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