OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Violations in 2017

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At last week’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA’s deputy director of Directorare of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust, announced their 10 most frequesntly cited safety violations for their fiscal year 2017, reports the National Safety Council.

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.

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)

  • 6,072 violations

2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)  

  • 4,176 violations

3. Scaffolding (1926.451)   

  • 3,288 violations

4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)    

  • 3,097 violations

5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)   

  • 2,877 violations

6. Ladders (1926.1053)

  • 2,241 violations

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

  • 2,162 violations

8. Machine Guarding (1910.212)    

  • 1,933 violations

9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

  • 1,523 violations

10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)      

  • 1,405 violations