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NSC 2017: OSHA Releases its List of the Top 10 Violations

Fall protection and hazard communication lead the list of the Top 10 OSHA violations for 2017.

Fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout are the leading OSHA violations for 2017, according to Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs.

Kapust revealed the list of Top 10 OSHA violations for 2017 (preliminary) at the National Safety Congress and Expo in Indiana on Sept. 26 in Indianapolis.

The Top 10 list, along with the number of violations, is:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) – 6,072
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 4,176
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 3,288
  4. Respirator 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 (1926.503) – 1,523
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 1,405

The rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations vary little from year to year, there is one new addition this year: Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503.

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

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