While the report covers general industry and construction, 4 of the top ten standards most cited this year were from the construction standards 29 CFR 1926. The others, from 1910, cover general industry. These rankings rarely change, as most of them highlight OSHA’ Focus Four: Falls, Caught-in or Between, Struck-By, and Electrocution.
The 4 construction standards that made this list: Fall Protection – General Requirements, Scaffolding, Ladders, and Fall Protection – Training Requirements were also the top 4 most cited construction standards from last year, as well.
With OSHA's new silica dust regulations becoming effective in September, it will be interesting to see if table 1 compliance respiratory protection from 29 CFR 1926 makes an appearance on the 2018 list.
The final report for this year is expected to be released in December.
- 6,072 violations
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
- 4,176 violations
- 3,288 violations
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
- 3,097 violations
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
- 2,877 violations
- 2,241 violations
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
- 2,162 violations
8. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
- 1,933 violations
- 1,523 violations
10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
- 1,405 violations
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OSHA had to fight hard to finally get its relatively new crystalline silica dust exposure regulations passed, and, once it did, the agency wasted no time enforcing the law. In the regulations first 6 months, OSHA issued 116 violations, but the highest penalty at that point was $9,239. More recently, the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Division (VOSH) has possibly issued a record citation to a highway contractor, a whopping $304,130 penalty.
Falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities on construction sites by a long shot, as the account for around 40% of deaths. Fall protection training in the classroom can often fall short, because hearing words and learning definitions about fall prevention may not have the same effect as seeing and interacting with fall prevention techniques.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.
OSHA's new crystalline silica dust exposure regulations officially went into effect on September 23, 2017. Over the past 10 months, there has been plenty of confusion about the lung disease causing material. In the first 6 months after the effective date, OSHA's inspectors yielded 116 violations across the country.
Investigators are on the scene of a catastrophic explosion at a Texas construction project that killed 1 and has injured another 15 workers. The explosion occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas, which is being expanded.