OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations of 2015


The Top 10 list of OSHA’s most-frequently cited violations for fiscal year 2015 was revealed during the 2015 National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

One year ago, OSHA began collecting additional data from employers on amputations and hospitalizations; the resulting information has led to the agency “engaging with every employer” involved in the reported incidents, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Activities said.

The agency is continuing efforts – including focused inspections across the country – to mitigate high-hazard threats, such as those related to ergonomics and working at height. Employers who want to avoid being cited for one of the “Top 10” violations need to be proactive.

“In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.”

The Top 10 OSHA violations for 2015 are:

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 7,402
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,681
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,681
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,626
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,308
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 3,004
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,732
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,624
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,540
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 2,181

Excerpts from this article were taken from ehstoday.com and safetyandhealthmagazine.com.

Want to Know More?

Reach out and a Vector Solutions representative will respond back to help answer any questions you might have.