Top 10 Safety Violations Cited by OSHA in 2017

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The results are in – and it turns out that the most common workplace violations cited by OSHA in fiscal year 2017 are nearly identical to the 2016 list. The one difference:  “Fall Protection – Training Requirements” debuts at number 9, knocking “Electrical – General Requirements” off the list.

The entire FY17 list is as follows:

  • Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176 violations
  • Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288 violations
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097 violations
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877 violations
  • Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241 violations
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162 violations
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933 violations
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523 violations
  • Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405 violations

The full list was originally published in Safety and Health Magazine. What is notable about the similarities of the list from year to year is that these are persistent, known problems that employers and workers should be on the lookout for.

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.

Tyndale remains committed to the safety of our workers and yours. We encourage you to consult resources such as the FR Safety Library on for ideas on how you can embed safety even deeper into the DNA of your company.

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