Beyond OSHA's Top 10

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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