Serious vs. Willful Safety Violations

In this blog we usually cover the OSHA’s top ten list of most cited violations every year but there are two other top ten lists for 2015 worthy of note as seen below.

A “serious” violation is defined by OSHA as “one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.”

OSHA defines a “willful” violation as one “committed with an intentional disregard of or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and requirements.”