Beyond OSHA's Top 10

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).


Specific Excavation Requirements
Standard: 1926.651
This standard covers regulations regarding surface encumbrances, underground installations, access and egress, exposure to vehicular traffic and falling loads, hazardous atmospheres, protection from water accumulation, stability of adjacent structures, and employee protection from loose rock and soil, as well as inspection requirements and walkway provisions.
Total violations 1,185
Serious violations 947
Willful violations 24
Repeat violations 81
Total initial penalties proposed $4.72 million


Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness – Annual Summary
Standard: 1904.32
This standard covers procedures for completing the OSHA 300 log at the end of the year and reviewing the log for completeness and accuracy, as well as completing the annual summary (Form 300-A) and certifying accuracy. The 300-A must be posted in the workplace from Feb. 1 until April 30 for the previous year’s injuries/illnesses.
Total violations 1,145
Serious violations 1
Willful violations 3
Repeat violations 12
Total initial penalties proposed $525,745

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

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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