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Fall protection leads OSHA’s ‘Top 10’ list of cited violations

OSHA Top 10

Safety+Health Associate Editor Tom Musick (left) and Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs

Anaheim, CA – For the sixth year in a row, Fall Protection (1926.501) is the most frequently cited OSHA standard, the agency and Safety+Health magazine announced Oct. 18 at the 2016 NSC Congress & Expo.

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, and Tom Musick, associate editor for S+H, presented the preliminary data for fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30.

“The Top 10 gives employers a place to start for finding and fixing hazards,” Kapust said during the presentation.

Hazard Communication (1910.1200) is in the second slot, followed by Scaffolding (1926.451) at No. 3, Respiratory Protection (1910.134) fourth and Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) at No. 5.

Rounding out the list are Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178), Ladders (1926.1053), Machine Guarding (1910.212), Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) and Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303).

“Every year, the OSHA Top 10 serves as a guide for employers to address the biggest safety risks facing their employees,” Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of NSC, said in a press release. “We look forward to working with employers to reduce these incidents and ensure every workplace is on a Journey to Safety Excellence.”

Finalized data, along with additional details and exclusive content, appears in the December issue of S+H.

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