On Sept. 26 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, IN 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. 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 No. 3;
"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. "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
Here's OSHA's Top 10 Workplace Violations List of 2017
Rank Violation Citations Rank change from 2016
Fall Protection -
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
Fall Protection -
10. Electrical - Wiring Methods (1910.305) 1,405 -1
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.
An example of work-at-height protection gear at the
Petzl booth at NSC. IMPO photo