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OSHA Releases Top Violations in 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released its list of the top 10 violations for 2017.  A new category, Fall Protection—Training Requirements, has made its way onto the list, with the rest of the details remaining largely the same as years past.

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

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations

The list is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection—General Requirements, with 6,072 violations;
  2. Hazard Communications, with 4,176 violations;
  3. Scaffolding at 3,288;
  4. Respiratory Protection at 3,097;
  5. Lockout/Tagout at 2,877;
  6. Ladders at 2,241;
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks at 2,162;
  8. Machine Guarding at 1,933;
  9. Fall Protection—Training Requirements at 1,523; and
  10. Electrical—Wiring Methods comes in last with 1,405 violations.
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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released the list of top 10 violations for 2017, which, even though it has remained largely unchanged from 2016, sees the addition of a new category: Fall Protection—Training Requirements.

“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” Deborah Hersman, NSC President and CEO, said. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”

Finalized data will be published in the December issue of Safety + Health Magazine, an arm of the NSC Congress & Expo.

2016 Report

Both the 2016 and 2017 OSHA reports share five things in common: the top five violations on the list. Otherwise, the sixth place in 2016 was taken by Powered Industrial Trucks with 2,860 violations; Ladders were at seventh with 2,639; Machine Guarding at eighth with 2,451; Electrical Wiring at ninth with 1,940 and Electrical, General Requirements at tenth with 1,704 violations.

“Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury," Thomas Galassi, then OSHA’s director of enforcement programs, wrote in 2016. 

   

Tagged categories: Citations; Fall protection; Health and safety; Ladders; OSHA; Respirators

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