OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the top 10 most frequently cited safety standards for fiscal year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016), based on OSHA work site inspections during that time period. The list for FY 2016 is almost identical to FY 2015’s list. In fact, the same OSHA standards typically occupy the top 10 spots on the list year after year. OSHA itself has stated: “One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes. Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury.” The most frequently cited standards in FY 2016 were:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine Guarding
  9. Electrical Wiring
  10. Electrical, General Requirements

Employers should take steps to address these and other hazards before a worker suffers a preventable injury or illness—and before an OSHA investigator shows up at the door.