OSHA Top 10 Sounds Grim Refrain
For the third straight year, fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection violations—in that order—lead the list of federal health and safety citations issued against U.S. employers.
The four hazards accounted for more than 18,500 OSHA citations in fiscal year 2014, according to the data released Tuesday (Sept. 16) in San Diego at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, the U.S.'s largest gathering of safety and health professionals.
The number of Fall Protection citations did decline from both 2012 and 2013. The other three categories showed declines from their 2013 spike, but remained above 2012 levels.
'Much Room for Improvement'
The list was released Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs.
OSHA's Hazard Communication standards have been revised to, among other things, clarify safety information on labeling. The standard is the No. 2 source of OSHA violations.
The preliminary 2014 figures, the referenced standard and total citations are as follows. More information on each standard is available under the link: