2016 Top Ten OSHA Safety Violations

Once again OSHA has released it’s list of the top ten violations for the year so far. The 2017 top ten reads as follows:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements, 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 4,176 violations
  3. Scaffolding, 3,288 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,097 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 2,877 violations
  6. Ladders, 2,241 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,162 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 1,933 violations
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements, 1,523 violations
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods, 1,405 violations

Compare with last years’…

  1. Fall Protection, 6,929 violations
  2. Hazard Communication, 5,677 violations
  3. Scaffolds, 3,906 violations
  4. Respiratory Protection, 3,585 violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout, 3,414 violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks, 2,860 violations
  7. Ladders, 2,639 violations
  8. Machine Guarding, 2,451 violations
  9. Electrical Wiring, 1,940 violations
  10. Electrical, General Requirements, 1,704 violations

The list shows no change in the top 5 and little change in the rest of the list except the new entry of the fall protection training which would lead us to believe that OSHA is now looking at fining companies for not providing adequate fall protection training as a way to reduce the number of violations in the fall protection category.  It will be interesting to see if this new approach will finally knock fall protection violations out of the #1 spot where it has been for many years now.



OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015

OSHA released the preliminary report of the top 10 violations for 2015 this week. They are as follows:

1.       Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721

2.       Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192

3.       Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295

4.       Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305

5.       Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002

6.       Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760

7.       Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489

8.       Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404

9.       Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295

10.    Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

The number of violations increased over 2014 pointing to the fact that OSHA was busier this year. The only other notable change of 2014 was the fact that “Ladders” and “Electrical – Wiring Methods” traded places (Ladders was in 8th place in 2014 and 7th place in 2015 while “Electrical – Wiring Methods” was was 7th in 2014 and 8th this year).


2014 Top List of OSHA Citations

Last week was the National Safety Conference in San Diego. A couple of our people were there as we usually are. It’s an annual event that features anything and everything related to safety. It’s also the time of year when OSHA traditionally releases its’ list of the top safety violations for the year.

This year, the top 10 most-cited violations is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  8. Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

Compare to last years’ list. Top ten remain the same but the order changes a little.

It’s a preliminary list and more detailed information will be released at a later date.



OSHA Releases Top Ten Violations of 2013 List

At the National Safety Council in Chicago this week OSHA released the Top 10 Safety Violations list for 2013.

1. Fall Protection

2. Hazard Communication

3. Scaffolding

4. Respiratory Protection

5. Electrical – Wiring Methods (Up from #8 last year)

6. Powered Industrial Trucks (Up frp, #7 last year)

7. Ladders (down from #5 last year)

8. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout (Up from #9 last year)

9. Electrical – General (Down from #8 last year)

10. Machine Guarding – General Requirement (Down from #6 last year)

Generally, the top ten citations haven’t changed at all in the past few years with the top ten simply switching places from one year to the next.


Top Ten OSHA Violations for 2012

This week, in case you weren’t aware of it, was the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Florida. Everyone who’s anyone in the world of safety was there, including all the manufacturers of safety equipment. It’s also where OSHA usually announces the preliminary list of the top ten safety violations for the year. This year, the list ranks as follows:

  1. Fall Protection with 7,250 total violations
  2. Hazard Communication with 4,696 total violations
  3. Scaffolding with 3,814 total violations
  4. Respiratory Protection with 2,371 total violations
  5. Ladders with 2,310 total violations
  6. Machine Guarding with 2,097 total violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks with 1,993 total violations
  8. Electrical Wiring Methods with 1,744 total violations
  9. Lockout/Tagout with 1,572 total violations
  10. Electrical (General requirements) with 1,332 total violations

Noticeable changes from the previous year include scaffolding which last year was # 1 and fell to # 3 this year, Ladders which was # 8 last year and climbed to #5 this year and machine guarding which was # 10 last year and climbed to # 6 this year.



Play the latest installment of “The Inspector”

We’ve highlighted this fun way to spot potential safety issues in the past on this blog. This week, “The Inspector” goes to the roof. Spot the 5 potential safety hazards (click on the image to go to the finehomebuilding site to play the game).

By the way… there are at least 2 more that I spotted that weren’t even listed, the most obvious one being that no one is tied off which according to the new standard is now an absolute must.


Do you send violators home with pay?

One of the discussions that I’ve been involved in online, in a safety forum, has to do with sending safety violators home with pay when there is an infraction.

The idea apparently comes from E. Scott Geller in his book “The Psychology of Safety” and it has generated quite a bit of discussion. On the one hand, there are those who claim that sending someone home with pay when they violate safety procedures, they are essentially being rewarded for bad behavior and that others are going to do something similar in order to get paid time off. On the other hand, however, there are those (and I am among this group) that claim that punishing employees in order to get people to comply has been proven ineffective time and time again. Punishment generates fear and actions that are brought about by fear is not the type of safety culture that you want to create in the workplace.

One person from the “punishment” camp (for lack of a better word) even advocated punishing the supervisor when a violation occurred from someone who was under them.

Another person, in the “paid time off” camp claims that they’ve had good success with sending the employee home with pay but with a homework assignment the involves coming up with a “written corrective action plan” which he or she would have to present the following day to the safety committee. This person claimed that safety “improved exponentially” as a result of this way of dealing with safety violations.

The discussion continues but I felt that this was something that might be of benefit to my blog readers. It goes against the way most of us think when it comes to safety violations. Rather than assuming that the violation was intentional this new approach allows the company to give the employee the benefit of the doubt and remove the “punishment” (and hence the fear) while moving towards a corrective measure that the employees themselves come up with and therefore own. It allows the employee to save face while making it clear that they need to be responsible for their actions and help come up with corrective actions that will keep them and others safe in the future.

What do you think?