Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs announced the top 10 violations for fiscal year 2012 on October 23, 2012 for Federal OSHA. Note that the top 10 list is preliminary since not all violations have been added to OSHA’s reporting system at this point. OSHA does not, however, expect the order to change once the reporting system is completely up to date.
- Fall Protection in construction (1926.501) 7,250 violations
Includes violations for failure to guard open sides and edges of platforms, to prevent falls from roofs, and to cover or guard floor and wall holes.
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,696 violations
Includes violations for failure to have a written program, train employees on chemical hazards, improper or no labels on containers, and MSDS violations such as missing MSDSs.
- Scaffolding in construction (1926.451) 3,814 violations
Includes violations for scaffold construction issues, improper access to scaffolding work surfaces,and lack of guardrails, etc.
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 2,371 violations
Includes violations for missing written respiratory protection programs or program problems, poor fit test procedures and lack of fit testing, issues with respirator selection process, and lack of procedures for voluntary use of respirators.
- Ladders in construction (1926.1053) 2,310 violations
Includes violations for damaged ladders, use of the top of the ladder as a step, using the wrong ladder for the job, and placing excessive loads on ladders.
- Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,097 violations
Includes violations for missing guards, not anchoring fixed machinery, and exposure to blades and other point of operation hazards.
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 1,993 violations
Includes violations for lack of (or inadequate) operator training and refresher training, inspections, and condition of forklifts.
- Electrical-wiring methods ( 1910.305) 1,744 violations
Includes violations for flexible cords and cables that were not used properly, violations related to extension cord usage, temporary wiring citations, and use of temporary wiring as permanent wiring.
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 1,572 violations
Includes violations for lack of energy control procedures and specific procedures, inadequate worker training, group lockout provisions not met and periodic inspections not completed.
- Electrical-general requirements (1910.303) 1,332 violations
Includes violations related to employee exposure to potential electric shock or electrocution.
It is worth noting that the top 10 list usually does not change, but items on the list may rise or fall in rank each year depending on number of citations issued.