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LEGAL UPDATE: OSHA announces top 10 violations for 2014

By: Cressinda D. Schlag

At the end of September, OSHA released its list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards in violations resulting from work site inspections during the 2013 fiscal year. In the 89,664 industry inspections performed, the top number of violations occurred in these ten categories:

  • 1926.501 Fall Protection
  • 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
  • 1926.451 Scaffolding
  • 1910.134 Respiratory Protection
  • 1910.305 Electrical, Wiring Methods
  • 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks
  • 1926.1053 Ladders
  • 1910.147 Lockout/Tagout
  • 1910.303 Electrical, General Requirements
  • 1910.212 Machine Guarding

Nearly all of the standards noted on OSHA’s top ten list appeared on last year’s list, and notably, the top four violations — fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection — appeared in the exact same order.

For more information on OSHA’s Top Ten Violations list or how OSHA’s emphasis programs might affect your business, contact any member of the Burns White Occupational Safety and Health team.