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    Beyond OSHA's Top 10

    July 1, 2012

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    Exit routes and aerial lifts

    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.



    Maintenance, Safeguards and Operational Features for Exit Routes

    Standard: 1910.37
    This standard is designed to ensure workplace exit routes are easily accessible and free from hazards.
    Total violations: 1,329
    Serious violations: 857
    Willful violations: 2
    Repeat violations: 53
    Total initial penalties proposed: $2.22 million


    Aerial Lifts

    Standard: 1926.453
    This standard outlines general requirements for use of aerial lifts. Aerial lifts include vehicle-mounted aerial devices used to elevate personnel to jobsites above ground, such as extensible boom platforms, aerial ladders, articulating boom platforms, vertical towers or a combination of any such devices.
    Total violations: 1,299
    Serious violations: 1,143
    Willful violations: 1
    Repeat violations: 81
    Total initial penalties proposed: $4.51 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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