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OSHA’s top 10 violations for 2017

Which OSHA regulations do inspectors cite most often? 

It’s an annual tradition at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo: OSHA reveals its preliminary data on the top 10 violations for the federal fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30.

The top five most-cited violations remain unchanged from FY 2016. The new entry on the top-10 list is Fall Protection Training Requirements which comes in at No. 9.

“I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplace,” said Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, who helped unveil the top-10 list at NSC’s conference.

Here’s the list:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
  8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,523
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
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