OSHA Unveils 2017 Top 10 Violations; Fall Protection Still Tops

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On Tuesday at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its annual preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently-cited workplace safety violations the organization encounters during safety inspections throughout the U.S. And to no surprise, Fall Protection remained No. 1 on the list that varies little year-to-year.

In fact, the top 5 remained the same as last year — with Hazard Communication at No. 2; Scaffolding at 3; Respiratory Protection at 4; and Lockout/Tagout at 5.

"The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe," National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a press release. "When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day."

The list not only alerts workplaces of all kinds — especially in the manufacturing sector — of the safety areas they should pay extra attention to, but also gives industrial distributors and suppliers an idea what safety product categories will be the most popular throughout the next year.

Fall Protection violations were responsible for 6,072 citations during NSC's fiscal year 2017, with preliminary figures as of Sept. 5. That number is down 857 year-over-year, or 12.4 percent, after rising by 208 from 2015 to 2016. Fall Protection took the top spot by a wide margin over No. 2 Hazard Communication — which had a whopping 1,501 less violations than a year earlier, a 26.4 percent drop. Scaffolding's citations also dropped by 618; Respiratory citations fell by 13.6 percent; and citations for Lockout/Tagout were down by 15.7 percent.

Ladders moved up one spot from last year's list to No. 6, with its 2,241 citations down by 15.1 percent year-over-year. It leapfrogged over Powered Industrial Trucks at No. 7, which had 24.4 percent fewer citations. Machine Guarding repeated at No. 8 despite a 21.1 percent drop in citations, while Fall Protection - Training Requirements is new to the list at No. 9 with 1,523 citations. Electrical - Wiring Methods repeated rounding out the list at No. 10, with its 1,405 citations down 17.5 percent year-over-year.

Here's OSHA's Top 10 Workplaces Violations List of 2017:

Ranking Violation Citations Ranking Change from 2016
1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (1926.501) 6,072 None
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,176 None
3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 3,288 None
4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,097 None
5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 2,877 None
6. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,241 +1
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,162 -1
8. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 1,933 None
9. Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1926.503) 1,523 N/A
10. Electrical - Wiring Methods (1910.305) 1,405 -1

View the 2016 list here