Fall Protection, HazCom Top Violations in 2012

Three of the top five violations OSHA cited during FY2012 involved working at height.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- OSHA announced the top 10 most frequently violated standards during fiscal year 2012 during the 2012 National Safety Congress & Expo, and the list is dominated by standards addressing work performed at heights. The top five were Fall Protection (1926.501), Hazard Communication (1910.1200), Scaffolding (1926.451), Respiratory Protection (1910.134), and Ladders (1926.1053).

These five combined resulted in citations for 20,441 violations, according to the agency.

"We appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data at our Celebration of the Century," National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher said Oct. 23. "While great progress has been made in safety over the past 100 years, today's presentation reminds us there is more to be done to make our workplaces safer."

The top 10 list will also be published in the December issue of the council's Safety + Health magazine.

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