Top Five OSHA Violations of 2016


The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released a list of the most frequent violations in 2016 up until September 1st. A more comprehensive and full list will be released at the end of the year.

  1. Fall Protection - Nearly 7,000 falls have been reported during this calendar year and account for 40 percent of deaths in the construction industry.

  2. Hazard Communications (HAZCOM) - During investigations, OSHA has found that training, data sheets, and programs fail to address hazard communications in the workplace. There have been 5,677 violations so far this year.
  3. Scaffolding - Scaffolding and fall protection go hand in hand when it comes to workplace violations. Improper assembly was the most noted violation with nearly 4,000 infractions reported.
  4. Respiratory Protection - Providing equipment is not just enough when it comes to air quality. Medical examinations and fit testing were often cited this year. There have been 3,585 violations this year.
  5. Lockout/Tagout - OSHA has found that the biggest infractions for Lockout/Tagout were proper training, nonexistent procedures, and regular inspections. Several fatalities have been recorded this year because of lockout/tagout violations. There have been 3,414 offenses recorded.

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