OSHA Most Cited Violations 2017

Once again, Fall Protection has topped OSHA’s list of the most cited safety violations for the 2017 fiscal year. The commonly-cited violations list, which is intended to provide a focus for businesses by publicizing common safety issues, was announced at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo held in September 2017.

Fall protection has been the number one most cited violation for several years. The rest of the 2017 most cited violations have also remained nearly identical from previous years. Compare the lists from 2014 – 2017:

2017 OSHA Most Cited List: 

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

    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

       

      “One thing I’ve said before in the past on this is, this list doesn’t change too much from year to year,” said Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Program. “These things are readily fixable. I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplace.”

      Fall Protection is OSHA Regulation 1926.501. It outlines a variety of working circumstances that require the use of fall protection to protect workers, including construction, excavation and roofing work. There were a total of 6,072 violations in 2017 for Fall Protection – General Requirements, and another 1,523 citations for Fall Protection – Training Requirements.

      For more information on some other most-cited OSHA regulations, read our articles on the following topics:

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