These are the top ten OSHA violations for fiscal year 2013. Note that the top 10 list is considered 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.
1. Fall Protection in construction (1926.501) 8,241 violations (7,250 in 2012-1st)
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.
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 6,156 violations (4,696 in 2012-2nd)
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.
3. Scaffolding in construction (1926.451) 5,423 violations (3,814 in 2012-3rd)
Includes violations for scaffold construction issues, improper access to scaffolding work surfaces,and lack of guardrails, etc.
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,879 violations (2,371 in 2012-4th)
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.
5. Electrical-wiring methods ( 1910.305) 3,452 violations (1,744 in 2012-8th)
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.
6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 3,340 violations (1,993 in 2012-7th)
Includes violations for lack of (or inadequate) operator training and refresher training, inspections, and condition of forklifts.
7. Ladders in construction (1926.1053) 3,311 violations (2,310 in 2012-5th)
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.
8. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 3,254 violations (1,572 in 2012-9th)
Includes violations for lack of energy control procedures and specific procedures, inadequate worker training, group lockout provisions not met and periodic inspections not completed.
9. Electrical-general requirements (1910.303) 2,745 violations (1,332 in 2012-10th)
Includes violations related to employee exposure to potential electric shock or electrocution.
10. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 2,701 violations (2,097 in 2012-6th)
Includes violations for missing guards, not anchoring fixed machinery, and exposure to blades and other point of operation hazards.
It is worth noting that the items on the top 10 list usually do not change, but they may rise or fall in rank each year depending on number of citations issued. This year, the total number of violations in every category rose over fiscal year 2012.