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Fall Protection Leads List of Top 10 OSHA Violations

On Sept. 26, at the National Safety Council's annual Congress & Expo, OSHA Deputy Director of Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust announced the preliminary list of 10 standards most frequently cited by the agency’s inspectors during fiscal year 2017.


Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by hazard communication and scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements, which came in at ninth place.


The top five remained identical to the FY 2016 list, with Fall Protection – General Requirements at No. 1 by a wide margin with 6,072 violations. In a distant second was Hazard Communication with 4,176.


The full list follows:

    1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations

    2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176

    3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288

    4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097

    5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877

    6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241

    7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162

    8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933

    9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523

    10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405

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