Top Ten OSHA Violations

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs, presented the “OSHA Top Ten” at the National Safety Council 2015 Safety Congress.


The Top 10 OSHA Violations for FY 2015

1. *Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
3. *Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
7. *Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973
* Denotes Construction Standard

In 2016 we believe OSHA will:
• Be on the lookout for the violations you see above. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs, presented the “OSHA Top Ten” at the National Safety Council 2015 Safety Congress. Seven of the OSHA Top Ten Violations for FY 2015 were for general industry. Three of the top ten violation categories were construction standard violations, but those hazards can exist in industry as well.
• Focus on regulatory enforcement:
Our peek at the latest regulatory agenda tells us that paperwork compliance issues on recordkeeping and reporting of injuries and illnesses, walking working surfaces and personal fall protection (slips, trips and fall protection) will be an emphasis in 2016. Both of these are in the fi nal rule stage on the fall 2015 DOL/OSHA regulatory agenda. Occupational exposure to beryllium is in the proposed rule stage. Shops machining materials containing beryllium should certainly be aware and be shop practice compliant with this proposal.
• Emphasize issues that could have a major impact on our shops including lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, mechanical power presses update, and emergency response and preparedness. These appear on the fall regulatory agenda in the pre-rule stage. I am certain that OSHA will be emphasizing understanding, complying and providing training for your employees to meet the requirements of these regulations.

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