OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released its annual list of the Top 10 most cited violations pertaining to workplace safety.

While the list is preliminary, the Top 10 rarely changes. Fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, and ladders made up the 7 most common violations, this year just as they did in 2015.

The only difference in this year’s list is machine guarding inched up the list to be the eighth most-cited violation, while electrical wiring slid down one spot to ninth. General electrical requirements rounded out the Top 10.

OSHA’s Top 10 list draws on data from about 32,000 inspections by federal employees. More than 4,500 workers are killed and more than 3 million injured on the job each year, according to OSHA.

Working at height (fall protection, scaffolds, ladders) accounts for a large portion of the Top 10 list, even though many federal agencies including OSHA recognize the National Safety Stand-Down in May of each year. Falls from elevation accounted for 337 of the 874 construction fatalities in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

Almost all workplace injuries are preventable, and the Occupational Safety and Health Experts at SCT can help you and your employees avoid all of the hazards on the Top 10 list. Whether it’s through our open enrollment classes, an OSHA Tune Up package, SCT’s extensive occupational health services, or the development of a fully-customized safety plan that’s tailored to the specific needs of your business, SCT has all the answers.

Contact us today to keep your employees safe from workplace hazards.








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