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OSHA Reveals Top Ten Safety Violations for 2017

OSHA’s recently published list of most-cited safety violations for 2017 provides key areas for you and your crew to pay special attention to moving into the new year.

Wed December 13, 2017 - National Edition
Emily Buenzle


While all of these violations showcase safety hazards that workers must contend with on a daily basis, a recent surge in fall protection violations is a particular cause for concern, OSHA recently told Safety + Health Magazine.
While all of these violations showcase safety hazards that workers must contend with on a daily basis, a recent surge in fall protection violations is a particular cause for concern, OSHA recently told Safety + Health Magazine.

No matter what part of the industry you work in, safety should always be the number-one priority.

OSHA's recently published list of most-cited safety violations for 2017 provides key areas for you and your crew to pay special attention to moving into the new year.

The top-10 list includes:

  • Fall protection—general requirements, with 6,887 total violations;
  • Hazard communication, with 4,652 total violations;
  • Scaffolding, with 3,697 total violations;
  • Respiratory protection, with 3,381 total violations;
  • Lockout/tagout, with 3,131 total violations;
  • Ladders, with 2,567 total violations;
  • Powered industrial trucks, with 2,349 total violations;
  • Machine guarding, with 2,109 total violations;
  • Fall protection—training requirements, with 1,724 total violations; and
  • Electrical—wiring methods, with 1,530 total violations.
  • While all of these violations showcase safety hazards that workers must contend with on a daily basis, a recent surge in fall protection violations is a particular cause for concern, OSHA recently told Safety + Health Magazine.