Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2011 Top 10 OSHA Violations

Contributed by Tom Odegaard, Executive Director, Evergreen Safety Council

OSHA has released their “Top 10” list of most frequently cited violations for FY 2011 (Oct 1 2010-Sept 30, 2011). Over the last several years the list has not changed much year to year. OSHA points out that this list is not meant to either evaluate enforcement efforts on the part of OSHA or how safe US companies have become. It is intended for organizations to take and use as a tool to improve safety at their worksites. For more information, go to OSHA’s website.

OSHA Top 10 Violations FY 2011
  1. Fall Protection (FY 2010 rank: #2) Total Violations: 7,139
  2. Scaffolding (FY 2010 rank: #1) Total Violations: 7,069
  3. Hazard Communication (FY 2010 rank: #3) Total Violations: 6,538
  4. Respiratory Protection (FY 2010 rank: #4) Total Violations: 3,944
  5. Lockout/Tagout (FY 2010 rank: #6) Total Violations: 3,639
  6. Electrical – Wiring Methods (FY 2010 rank: #7) Total Violations: 3,584
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (FY 2010 rank: #8) Total Violations: 3,432
  8. Ladders (FY 2010 rank: #5) Total Violations: 3,244
  9. Electrical – General Requirements (FY 2010 rank: #9) Total Violations: 2,863
  10. Machine Guarding (FY 2010 rank: #10) Total Violations: 2,728

Top 10 OSHA Serious Violations FY 2011

  1. Scaffolding
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Hazardous Communication
  4. Lockout/Tagout
  5. Ladders
  6. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Machine Guarding
  9. Respiratory Protection
  10. Electrical – General Requirements

OSHA Top 10 Willful Violations – FY 2011

  1. Excavation – Protective Systems
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Process Safety Management – Hazardous Chemicals
  4. Grain Handling Facilities
  5. Asbestos
  6. Lockout/Tagout
  7. Machine Guarding
  8. Specific Excavation Requirements
  9. General Recording Requirements
  10. General Duty Clause

1 comment:

  1. I still really don't understand on why and how a lot of companies out there still not follow all of the safety guidelines and rules set by OSHA. It is one of the ways that they can make sure that no violations are going to be thrown to them and I know that they wouldn't like no citations as those things can really cost them a lot of money.


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