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OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations of 2016

By Sally Murdoch

OSHA Inspection

This news item covers the 2016 violations guide. The most recent Guide to the Top 10 OSHA Violations can be found here.

OSHA’s announcement of the top 10 cited violations for the year is one of the most highly anticipated events at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, and 2016 was no exception. A rousing speech by E. Scott Geller, senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, kicked off the morning’s activities by saying, “practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes permanence.”

Leading the charge of OSHA violations again are fall protection violations, with slightly under 7,000 violations for the year. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs made the announcement with Tom Musick, Associate Editor for Safety+Health Magazine October 18 at a special presentation on the floor of the 2016 NSC Congress & Expo in Anaheim, California.

Why publish the data? Kapust sums it up best: "Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards."

The main difference, besides the violation numbers rising and falling, is that machine guarding and electrical general swapped places between 2015 and 2016. Machine guarding violations moved up to take the eighth place.

Preliminary List of Top 10 Safety Violations for 2016:

  1. Fall Protection: 6,929 violations (1926.501)
    Same placement as 2015
  2. Hazard Communication: 5,677 violations (1910.1200)
    Same placement as 2015
  3. Scaffolding: 3,906 violations (1926.451)
    Same placement as 2015
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,585 violations (1910.134)
    Same placement as 2015
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 3,414 violations (1910.147)
    Same placement as 2015
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,860 violations (1910.178)
    Same placement as 2015
  7. Ladders: 2,639 violations (1926.1053)
    Same placement as 2015
  8. Machine Guarding: 2,451 violations (1910.212)
    Was #9 in 2015
  9. Electrical–Wiring Methods: 1,940 violations (1910.305)
    Was #8 in 2015
  10. Electrical-General Requirements: 1,704 violations (1910.303)
    Same placement as 2015

“Fall protection systems are out there,” Kapust said. "They're moderately priced. There's no reason your employees shouldn't be in them."

The December issue of Safety+Health Magazine will cover more details and final data.Read more about fall protection requirements in Graphic Products’ Fall Clearance Calculations Infographic, and purchase an array of fall protection signage at the Graphic Products online store.

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