Announced at National Safety Council Congress & Expo Chicago – Yet again, Haz Com is second on the list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s most-cited workplace safety violations. The top 10 OSHA violations for 2013 revealed a 45% increase in citations over the same list the year before. Although there are no surprises to which violations they are, the top 10 violations for 2013 totaled 42,502, which is 13,323 more than the 2012’s tally of 29,179.
Every regulation on the list received more violations for this past fiscal year, than in 2012.
The top four violations remained the same: construction’s Fall Protection regulation (1926.501) topped the list at 8,241 violations. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) was second with 6,156 violations, followed by Scaffolding for Construction (1926.451) with 5,423 and then Respiratory Protection (1910.134) with 3,879 violations.
After that, the General Industry regulation for Electrical Wiring (1910.305) moved into fifth place from eighth with 3,452 infractions, up from 1,744 in 2012. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) moved up from seventh place to sixth with 3,340 offenses.
Citation for improper use of Ladders (1926.1053) fell from fifth place to seventh, but at 3,311, still accounted for 1,001 more than the 2012 tally of 2,310.
Lockout / Tagout (1910.147) 3,254 violations, and General Electrical (1910.303) 2,745 both moved eighth and ninth position respectfully, from the ninth and 10th place.
Machine Guarding (1910.212) rounds out the top 10, with 2,701 violations. In 2012 it was the sixth most common violations with 2,097.