OSHA has released its initial list of the top ten safety and health violations for fiscal year 2016. Over the past five years, the same violations have made the list with only slight variations in the order. The final list will be released by OSHA at the end of 2016:
1. Fall protection (Construction) – 1926.501
Violations are generally for failing to provide adequate fall protection to employees working at elevated heights.
2. Hazard communication – 1910.1200
Violations are generally for lack of hazard communication program or inadequate training.
3. Scaffolds (Construction) – 1926.451
Violations are generally for improper access to scaffolds and improper assembly, such a missing planking.
4. Respiratory protection – 1910.134
Violations are generally for employees using respirators not being medically evaluated or properly fit tested.
5. Lockout/tagout – 1910.147
Violations are generally for failing to have a machine specific LOTO procedure, not training authorized or affected employees and for failing to conduct periodic inspections of LOTO procedures.
6. Powered industrial trucks – 1910.178
Violations are generally for failing to have forklift operators certified and unsafe use of a forklift.
7. Ladders (Construction) – 1926.153
Violations are generally for improper use of portable ladders and use of defective ladders.
8. Machine guarding – 1910.212
Violations are generally for failing to have machines and equipment adequately guarded.
9. Electrical wiring – 1910.305
Violation are generally for temporary wiring used in lieu of permanent wiring and inappropriate use of extension (flexible) cords.
10. Electrical, general requirements – 1910.303
Violations are generally for failing to install electrical equipment properly or for having electrical panels blocked.
Source: Jackson Lewis PC