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OSHA Announces Top 10 Citations List for 2011

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards - FY 2011 (10/1/10-9/30/11)

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. Far too many preventable injuries and illnesses occur in the workplace.

  1. Fall protection – 7,139 violations. "Falls continue to be the leading cause of fatalities in construction," said Kapust.
  2. Scaffolding – 7,069 violations. In 2010, Kapust said, 37 workers died from scaffolding-related incidents.
  3. Hazard Communication – 6,538 violations. "Employees have the right to know and identify hazards," Kapust pointed out.
  4. Respiratory Protection – 3,944 violations.
  5. Lockout/tagout – 3,639 violations
  6. Electrical – wiring methods – 3,584 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks – 3,432 violations
  8. Ladders – 3,244 violations.
  9. Electrical – general requirements – 2,863 violations. According to 2009 BLS data, 1,600 nonfatal injuries were attributed to electrical shock.
  10. Machine guarding – 2,728 violations. Kapust pointed out that in 2010, 90 workers were killed in machinery. In 2009, 5,930 occupational amputations were reported

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The 10 most frequently cited willful violations in 2011:

1. Excavation
2. Fall protection
3. Process safety management
4. Grain handling facilities
5. Asbestos
6. Lockout/tagout
7. Machine guarding
8. Specific excavation requirements
9. General recording criteria
10. General duty clause

Announced by Michael Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s directorate of enforcement programs, at the National Safety Council Expo on November 11, 2011.  
 

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