Top 10 OSHA Violations

Originally published by: OSHAJanuary 23, 2012

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Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration compiles an annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards across all industries. The majority of standards that OSHA has now identified as the most frequently cited are directly applicable to the construction and residential home building industries. Employers who were cited for violations in 2011 may have noticed that the penalties were higher than in the past. The average serious violation penalty for 2011 was $2,132 — more than double the average of $1,053 for 2010. OSHA last year also issued 215 citations totaling at least $100,000 — up from 164 citations issued in 2010.

 OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited standards across all industries in FY 2011 were:

  1. Scaffolding, general requirements (29 CFR 1926.451)
  2. Fall protection (29 CFR 1926.501)
  3. Hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  4. Respiratory protection (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment (29 CFR 1910.305)
  7. Powered industrial trucks (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  9. Electrical systems design, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.303)
  10. Machines, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)

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