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Top 10 OSHA Citations for 2017

A new entry emerged in the Top 10 list of OSHA’s most frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2017, joining the ranks of a rarely altered field.

Assessing the addition of Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) at No. 9, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, treated the matter with the same urgency reserved for the list’s usual suspects.

“Many of these violations were specifically related to training requirements and ensuring that a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards is established,” Kapust told Safety+Health. “Often, these violations occurred in the roofing, framing and residential modeling industries.

“We are concerned about the recent uptick in this category and urge employers to take the necessary measures to train employees on this competency.”

The top five violations mirrored those from FY 2016, as Fall Protection – General Requirements again ranked atop the list. Here, S+H presents the full list, the “penalty box” of the year’s largest fines and an exclusive interview with Kapust.

Most-cited violations, fiscal year 2017

  1. Fall Protection; General Requirements (1926.501)

  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

  3. Scaffolding (1926.451)

  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

  6. Ladders (1926.1053)

  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

  8. Machine Guarding (1910.212)

  9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

  10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

For more details about each of the above violations, please click here.

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