OSHA’s Top Ten Most Cited Violations


As we bring in the new year, many of us are thinking of our resolutions for 2017 – and OSHA is giving us a hand with the yearly release of the Top 10 Most Cited Safety Violations in 2016. Make setting safety goals and creating hazard-free workplaces a top priority while working to avoid these oft-cited violations – the first of which has been #1 for the past 6 years.


Occupying the top three spots on the list are Fall Protection, Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding violations, with several violations pertaining to electrical safety noted further down.

The full list can be found here, with additional information included on the most common violations falling into the “serious” and “willful” categories, and how those categories are defined. While this list changes little from year to year, statistics collected by OSHA speak volumes, offering a deeper look at not only what violations are being cited, but also the specific sections cited, total number of citations, and further clarifications on the standards themselves.

If your workplace is at risk for violating safety standards, take action to resolve and prevent potential citations by developing a safety training program. Start by identifying hazards present in your workplace, and develop measurable training objectives. Continue to evaluate and improve your program to address changes to your industry and new challenges present in your environment. Collecting feedback from employees can measure understanding of processes and engagement with the training, which in turn can be corroborated by supervisors’ observations of behavior before and after finishing the program. In turn, workplace data can be analyzed to establish trends—and provide quantifiable results of the implementation. Read the following post by the National Safety Council for detailed steps to implement a program that best fits your workplace hazards, and you’ll be on your way to compliance in 2017.

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