Top 10 Types of OSHA Safety Violations

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Top 10 Cited OSHA Violations for 2012

1. Fall Protection
This was designed to protect employees working on a 6 foot high platform. As against the previous year, there was an upward trend with 7,250 violations. The highest penalty placement was 1.

2. Hazard Communication
This control measure seeks to address chemical hazards of those produced and imported in the workplace. There was a downward trend in this area as compared to other areas with 4,696 violations. The highest penalty placement was 9.

3. Scaffolding
It is expected that employers protect workers working at scaffolding feet of 10 feet or more. This area has a downward trend in violation as against last year, with a highest penalty placement of 2 and 3,814 violations.

4. Respiratory Protection
This seeks to ensure that employees follow an established respiratory protection program. With no highest penalty placement and 2,371 violations, there is a downward trend in this area.

5. Ladders
This covers the general requirement for ladders. This area has a downward trend with 2,310 violations and highest penalty of 6.

6. Machinery and Machine Guarding
This is the protection of machinery to protect the operators and employees from hazard. It has a downward trend as compared to previous years with a highest penalty placement of 4 with 2,097 violations.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks
This seeks to regular the design, operation, and maintenance of industrial trucks. This had a downward trend this year with a highest penalty placement of 5 and 1,993 violations.

8. Electrical Wiring Methods
This includes the grounding of electrical equipment, insulation, and wiring. It has a downward trend as against the previous year, 1,744 violations and a highest penalty placement of 7.

9. Powered Lockout/Tag Out
It seeks to control the hazardous nature of energy during servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment. This has a downward trend as compared to previous years with 1,572 violations and a highest penalty rating of 3.

10. Electrical General Requirement
This was a downward trend as compared to the previous year with a highest penalty placement of 10 and 1,332 violations. It seeks to regular the safety requirement for the design of electrical systems.