OSHA has released its preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety violations for the fiscal year, compiled from about 32,000 workplace inspections:
- Fall protection—6,929 citations (+ 208 from 2015)
- Hazard communications—677 citations (+485)
- Scaffolds—3,906 citations (-389)
- Respiratory protection—3,585 citations (+280)
- Lockout/tagout—3,414 citations (+412)
- Powered industrial trucks—2,860 citations (+100)
- Ladders—2,639 citations (+150)
- Machine guarding—2,451 citations (+156)
- Electrical wiring—1,940 citations (-464)
- Electrical, general requirements—1,704 citations (-269)
"One remarkable thing about the list is that it rarely changes," said OSHA Director of Enforcement Programs Thomas Galassi, writing in a recent agency blog.
“More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and approximately 3 million are injured.
"If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations, and hospitalizations would drastically decline.”