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OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2013

OSHA Top 10 for 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their top 10 list for the most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2013. The number one most cited violation was fall protection.

There has been a significant increase in the total number of violations from FY 2012 to FY 2013. 

The complete top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for 2013 follows:

1. Fall Protection: 8,241 violations

  • Covering holes
  • Protection of open sides and edges
  • Preventing falls from roofs

2. Hazard Communication: 6,156 violations

  • No written program
  • Provide adequate employee education and training
  • Properly label containers / lack of any label
  • Access to material-safety data sheets

3. Scaffolding: 5,423 violations

  • Problems with scaffold construction
  • Improper access to scaffolding surfaces
  • Lack of guardrails

4. Respiratory Protection: 3,879 violations

  • No written respiratory-protection program
  • Poor fit-test procedures
  • Unsuitable respirator-selection process
  • Procedures to voluntarily use respirators

SEE: OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for 2014

5. Electrical (wiring): 3,452 violations

  • Flexible cords and cables
  • Boxes and temporary wiring
  • improper use of extension cords
  • Use of temporary wiring as permanent wiring

6. Powered Industrial Trucks: 3,340 violations

  • Inadequate operator training
  • Inadequate refresher training
  • Condition of trucks when returned to service after repair

7. Ladders: 3,311 violations

  • Damaged side rails
  • Using top ladder step
  • Ladder not suitable for the job
  • Excessive loads on ladders

8. Lockout / Tagout: 3,254 violations

  • Poor or no energy-control procedures
  • Inadequate worker training
  • Incomplete inspections

9. Electrical (general): 2,745 violations

  • Electric shock
  • Electrocution exposures

10. Machine Guarding: 2,701 violations

  • Point-of-operation exposures
  • Inadequate or no anchoring of fixed machinery
  • Exposure to blades

 

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Topics: OSHA Top 10 Cited Standards