Falls Still Top OSHA's List

The big three -- falls, scaffolds, and ladders -- are among the Top Ten most-violated OSHA standards for FY 2014, agency officials announced during the NSC conference.

SAN DIEGO -- OSHA's FY 2014 Top Ten list of the most-violated standards it has enacted was unveiled Sept. 16 during the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo taking place here. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, participated in the announcement. The unveiling is anticlimactic because some standards stay on the list year after year, with fall-related ones near the top.

"We greatly appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data at the nation's largest gathering of safety and health professionals," NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said. "This data is a poignant reminder that there is still much room for improvement in making our workplaces safer, and that it is going to take all of us to make a difference."

The Top Ten for FY2014 are:

  • Fall protection (1926.501), 6143 violations
  • HazCom (1910.1200), 5,161 violations
  • Scaffolding (1926.451), 4,029 violations
  • Respiratory protection (1910.134), 3,223 violations
  • Lockout/tagout (1910.147), 2,704 violations
  • Powered industrial trucks (1910.178), 2,662 violations
  • Electrical -- wiring methods (1910.305), 2,490 violations
  • Ladders (1926.1053), 2,448 violations
  • Machine guarding (1910.212), 2,200 violations
  • Electrical -- general requirements (1910.303), 2,056 violations
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