OSHA Top 10 Most-Cited Violations for Fiscal Year 2017

Again in 2017, FALL PROTECTION – GENERAL REQUIREMENTS (1926.501) topped the list of most-cited violations by OSHA inspectors. While the number of citations remained relatively flat in the category, a new violation came roaring into the top 10, focusing attention with the usual sense of urgency OSHA gives to these top issues. At number 9, FALL PROTECTION – TRAINING REQUIREMENTS recorded 1,724 violations after not previously making the list.

Rank Violation Standard 2016 Citations 2017 Citations
1 Fall Protection – General Requirements 1926.501 6906 6887
2 Hazardous Communications 1910.12 5665 4652
3 Scaffolding 1926.451 3900 3697
4 Respiratory Protection 1910.134 3573 3381
5 Lockout/ Tagout 1910.147 3406 3131
6 Ladders 1926.1053 2625 2567
7 Powered Industrial Trucks 1910.178 2855 2349
8 Machine Guarding 1910.212 2448 2109
9 Fall Protection – Training Requirements 1926.503 Not-Ranked 1724
10 Electrical – Wiring Methods 1910.305 1937 1530

Many of the violations are related to training requirements and ensuring establishment of a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards. Active fall protection (Steps 3 and 4 below) is training-intensive but often overlooked in the process. Proper inspection timetables, proper use of equipment, and most importantly a rescue plan are the key reasons to have a documented safety training program in place.

Installing a PASSIVE FALL PROTECTION system is a great way to reduce overall training requirements by building a physical barrier between the employee and the hazard. It is called PASSIVE because it requires no effort from the employee to engage the protective equipment, for example, putting on a harness and securing a lanyard to a certified tie-off point requires the employee to specifically participate in the process. Once installed, there is minimal investment to keep it working for years to come. It can also be a temporary setup or permanent installation at a location.

When you encounter your next hazard, call a Safety Professional and explore how a PASSIVE FALL PROTECTION system can elevate your safety program.


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