The Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2017

October 6, 2017

The federal government’s fiscal year ended on September 30th and OSHA announced its top 10 violations of the fiscal year 2017:

  1. Fall Protection (Construction 29 CFR 1926.501) – OSHA reports that a total of 6,072 violations, including the most frequently reported failure to provide fall protection for unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction, and failure to provide fall protection on low-sloped roofs.
  2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) – OSHA reports that a total of 4,176 violations with the most frequently reported as failure to have a written hazard communications program and failure to provide employee access to safety data sheets.
  3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) – A total of $3,288 violations were reported to OSHA with the most reported as improper access to surfaces and lack of guardrails.
  4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) – A total of 3,097 violations were reported with the most frequent violation of failure to establish a written respiratory protection program and failure to provide medical evaluations.
  5. Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) – Of the 2,877 violations reported, the most frequent was for employee training and failure to conduct periodic inspections.
  6. Ladders (Construction 29 CFR 1926.1053) – Of 2,241 total violations in the category, the most frequently reported as improper use of ladders, damaged ladders and using the top step.
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) — The most frequently reported violation out of 2,162 violations was employee training and refresher training.
  8. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) –A total of 1,933 violations were reported with the most frequently reported as failure to guard point of operations.
  9. Fall Protection Training (Construction 19 CFR 1926.503) – A total of 1,523 violations were reported with the most frequent being failure to train employees in identifying fall hazards and proper use of fall protection equipment.
  10. Electrical (29 CFR 1910.305) – Of the 1,405 reported violations in this category, the most frequent was temporary wiring in lieu of permanent wiring.”