The annual “OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standard” for 2017 was not a surprise. For the sixth year running, fall protection is the most sited serious violation in all of the United States. What will it take for the construction industry to prevent deaths, prevent embarrassing violations and save money?

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178
  8. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212
  9. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503
  10. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305

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