Fall Hazards, Hazard Communication Lead 2016 OSHA Top Violations

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Other common workplace safety violations involved ladders, powered industrial trucks, and electrical wiring

October 24, 2016

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Fall protection and hazard communication were OSHA’s most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2016. The annual list of violations is nearly identical to OSHA’s 2016 list, indicating persistent safety issues impacting the construction industry. 

The Top 10 violations for FY 2016 are:

1. Fall Protection, 1926.501 (C) — 6,929
2. Hazard Communication, 1910.1200 — 5,677
3. Scaffolds, 1926.451 (C) — 3,906
4. Respiratory Protection, 1910.134 — 3,585
5. Lockout/Tagout, 1910.147 — 3,414
6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 1910.178 — 2,860
7. Ladders, 1926.1053 (C) — 2,639
8. Machine Guarding, 1910.212 — 2,451
9. Electrical Wiring, 1910.305 — 1,940
10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1910.303 — 1,704

This is a preliminary list that will be updated in December.

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