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Beyond OSHA's Top 10

May 1, 2012

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Fire extinguishers and abrasive wheel machinery

Every December, Safety+Health presents the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations from the previous fiscal year.

Throughout 2012, S+H will go beyond the annual Top 10 by presenting violations 11-30. The data*, supplied by OSHA, represents violations cited in FY 2011 (Oct. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2011).

*The data presented does not reflect all violations cited by OSHA during fiscal year 2011. OSHA is in a transition period for implementing its new OSHA Information System from its current Integrated Management Information System. This article contains only data from IMIS.


Portable Fire Extinguishers
Standard: 1910.157
Requirements regarding the placement, use, maintenance and testing of portable fire extinguishers.
Total violations 1,430
Serious violations 763
Willful violations 0
Repeat violations 47
Total initial penalties proposed $1.61 million


Abrasive Wheel Machinery
Standard: 1910.215
General requirements for this section of the machine guarding standard mandate that abrasive wheels be used only on machines provided with safety guards.
Total violations 1,399
Serious violations 1,250
Willful violations 2
Repeat violations 41
Total initial penalties proposed $2.45 million

Read coverage of OSHA’s Top 10 from the December 2011 issue – including an exclusive Q&A with the deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, as well as the annual Penalty Box.

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