OSHA Unveils Top 10 Violations for 2017 at NSC


Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, revealed the preliminary list of Top 10 OSHA violations for 2017 at the National Safety Congress and Expo last month.

Fall protection was the most-cited standard for the seventh year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication, and Scaffolding. The only new addition to last year’s list was Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503), which came in at ninth. OSHA publicizes the Top 10 list to increase awareness of these standards so employers can take steps to find and fix the hazards to prevent injury or illness.

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“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.”

2017 Top 10 OSHA Violations

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




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