Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017 [Infographic]
Posted by: admin on February 1, 2018
Another year is in the books. For the U.S. Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), that means all the previous 52 weeks’ worth of violations are also in the books. At first glance, there’s immediate good news: there were about 500 less fall protection violations in 2017 compared to 2016. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals plenty of interesting insights – let’s take a look!
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- Fall protection general requirements. With 6,906 violations, fall protection leads the overall list. This proves once again that OSHA standard 1926.501 is by far the most frequently ignored guideline!
- Down slightly from 2016, hazard communication violations were still significant. 5,665 violations were reported to OSHA, up slightly from the previous year. (Standard 1910.1220)
- Always high on the list, scaffolding violations were up there again in 2017. OSHA reported 3,900 total violations last year, down from 4,681 in 2016. (Standard 1926.453)
- There’s not much breathing room between respiratory protection and other top violations. Standard 1910.134 was violated a total 3,573 times in 2017.
- Lockout / tagout violations were in the middle of the pack. 3,406 violations occurred in 2017, about 100 more than 2016. (Standard 1910.147)
- Ladder violations are slowly climbing up the list. Ranking #7 in 2016, ladder rule violations now check in at #6. There were 2,625 violations last year. (Standard 1926.1053)
- There’s good news on the forklift Powered industrial truck violations decreased by about 8% from 2016. Last year produced over 3,000 incidents, while only 2,855 occurred in 2017. (Standard 1910.178)
- Machine guarding remained near the bottom of the top 10, at #8. Standard 1910.212 produced 2,448 violations last year, down slightly from 2016.
- After an absence in the 2016 top 10, fall protection – training requirements are back in 2017. This violation was reported a total of 1,724 times last year. (Standard 1926.503)
- Electrical wiring methods dropped one slot down from 2016, coming in at #10 this year. A total of 1,530 violations were reported by OSHA, a decrease of more than 1,000 violations from 2016. (Standard 1910.305)
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