OSHA Announces Top 10 Cited Violations for FY 2017

Author, Sam Clayton, Vice President, Construction Group, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its preliminary top 10 citation list for fiscal year 2017 at the annual National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, held in late September 2017.

“One thing I’ve said before in the past on this is, this list doesn’t change too much from year to year,” said Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement and Programs, during the expo presentation. “These things are readily fixable. I encourage folks to use this list and look at your own workplace.”

OSHA compiled the list using data collected from incidents occurring from October 2016 through September 2017.

  1. Fall Protection in Construction: 6,072 violations.
    Frequently violated requirements include unprotected edges and open sides in residential construction and failure to provide fall protection on low-slope roofs
  2. Hazard Communication: 4,176 violations.  
    Not having a hazard communication program topped the violations, followed by not having or providing access to safety data sheets
  3. Scaffolding: 3,288 violations.  
    Frequent violations include improper access to surfaces and lack of guardrails
  4. Respiratory Protection: 3,097 violations.  
    Failure to establish a respiratory protections program topped these violations, followed by failure to provide medical evaluations
  5. Lockout/Tagout: 2,877 violations.  
    Frequent violations were inadequate worker training and inspections not completed.
  6. Ladders in Construction: 2,241 violations.  
    Frequent violations include improper use of ladders, damaged ladders and using the top step.
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,162 violations.  
    Violations include inadequate worker training and refresher training.
  8. Machine Guarding: 1,933 violations.  
    Exposure points of operation topped these violations.
  9. Fall Protection-training requirements: 1,523 violations. 
    Common violations include failure to train workers in identifying fall hazards and proper use of fall protection equipment.
  10. Electrical-wiring methods: 1,405 violations.  
    Violations of this standard were found in most general industry sectors, including food and beverage, retail and manufacturing

Training materials for each of the items on the OSHA list are available within the Risk Management Center.  Contact Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. at (619) 937-0164, for more information.