Beyond OSHA's Top 10

Personal protective equipment and mechanical power-transmission apparatus

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 during 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.




Personal Protective Equipment – General Requirements
Standard: 1910.132

Requires reliable and sanitary personal protective equipment to be provided and used when necessary to protect the body from environmental, chemical, radiological or mechanical hazards.

Total violations 1,913
Serious violations 1,361
Willful violations 14
Repeat violations 30
Total initial penalties proposed $4.50 million


Mechanical power-transmission apparatus
Standard: 1910.219

Covers the general requirements for most types and shapes of power-transmission belts, including the principal features with which safeguards shall comply.

Total violations 1,647
Serious violations 1,514
Willful violations 1
Repeat violations 43
Total initial penalties proposed $3.38 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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