Fall Protection Is Top OSHA Violation


Little has changed in the past year for the top 10 list of most frequent OSHA violations, according to a recent analysis.

Fall protection once again tops the list of safety violations in 2015, OSHA revealed at a National Safety Council conference last week. Hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection take spots 2 through 4.

The preliminary top 10 list reflects the most frequently cited workplace safety violations data as of Sept. 8, the NSC said in its Sept. 29 announcement.

The preliminary Top 10 violations for fiscal year 2015 are:

"In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, NSC president and CEO .

"The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence."

Year-to-Year Comparisons

According to OSHA Today, the only differences between 2014 and 2015 appear in the categories of Ladders and Electrical – Wiring Methods, where the two have switched spots since last year’s report.

Overall, the total number of violations to date, 34,436, is just a 4 percent increase over the 2014 totals.

Fall protection citations, which were reported to have decreased by a third in 2014, jumped up 10 percent in 2015.

Only the electrical categories—Electrical – Wiring Methods and Electrical – General Requirements—showed a decrease in violations for 2015.

Singling Out Fall Protection

This is the fifth consecutive year that fall protection citations have topped the list, Safety + Health reported.

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Fall protection citations, which were reported to have decreased by a third in 2014, jumped up 10 percent in 2015.

During his presentation of the top 10 list to safety professionals at the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, commented on the first-place position of fall protection among violations.

“Fall protection systems are out there,” he said. "They're moderately priced. There's no reason your employees shouldn't be in them."

Final data for the year will be printed in Safety + Health in December.


Tagged categories: Citations; Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Hazard Communication Standard (HCS); Ladders; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Respirators; Scaffolding; Violations

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