OSHA’s Most Cited Standards in 2017

A quick look at OSHA’s Top 10 list of safety violations in 2017

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After reviewing the recent listing of OSHA’s most cited violations for 2017, it looks like we have good news and bad news.  Let’s start with the bad news first… This one won’t be a surprise, but fall protection remains the #1 most frequently cited OSHA Standard.  And while the rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations vary little from year to year, violation number nine “Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)” is new to the list this year.  The good news… Although there were 6,887 fall protection violations in the construction industry, the total number of violations for every standard has seen improvement since 2016. The even better news… You can make sure that you don’t become one of the statistics with proper fall protection training, and Brauner Safety Services has just what you need to make sure your crews stay safe and are properly trained in Fall Protection.

That being stated, the statistics are daunting, and the truth is that along with fall protection, other standards are frequently and regularly cited including but not limited to hazardous communication, scaffolding and more.  Here is breakdown of OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited standards of 2017 (Fiscal Year) as published on OSHA.gov.

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212)
  9. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  10. Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)

Top 5 OSHA Citations 2016 vs 2017

Since many of the frequent violations on this list relate to training, employers should also periodically audit their training records to ensure that all employees have received appropriate training for the daily hazards they encounter on the job site.  At Brauner Safety Services, we understand that compliance can be a challenge for small to medium-size businesses because having a full-time safety professional on staff is usually not feasible.  For this reason, Brauner works with businesses to make sure you receive the customized training you need in a way that is cost-effective and complements your current safety programs.

To learn more about roofing safety training and programs, visit Brauner Safety Services.  To schedule your next safety training, contact Jim Brauner: 407-403-3959.

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