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OSHA's Top 10 Violations 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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The OSHA TOP 10 Violations of 2017 list has been released. While many may yawn at the sight of a list that has little variation year-to-year, it is important to remember why this list exists: To provide a starting point for improving worker safety and place emphasis on the most frequent hazards.

The violations on this list remain above others because they present some of the greatest risks of injury and are more susceptible to failure due to complacency, critical errors, or lack of proper training. For this reason, they are worth revisiting in your safety program and emphasizing even if you are already in compliance.

"The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day."

The list is based on preliminary numbers, as not all violations have been added to OSHA’s reporting system. However, the order of the violations on the list is not expected to change. Included in the list are the CFR and the number of violations:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (29 CFR 1926.501) - 6,072
  2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) - 4,176
  3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) - 3,288
  4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) - 3,097
  5. Lockout/Tagout (29 CFR 1910.147) - 2,877
  6. Ladders 29 CFR (1926.1053) - 2,241
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) - 2,162
  8. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) - 1,933
  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) - 1,523
  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (29 CFR 1910.305) - 1,405

The list has only 3 differences from last year:

  1. Ladders and Powered Industrial Trucks swapped places
  2. Electrical – Wiring Methods was pushed down one spot to number 9
  3. Fall Protection – Training Requirements is new to the list this year
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