OSHA’s Top 10 Violations For 2012 Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2012. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress & Expo.

“While great progress has been made in safety over the past 100 years, today’s presentation reminds us there is more to be done to make our workplaces safer,” said NSC President and CEO Janet Froetscher.

The Top 10 for FY 2012 are:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)  Total violations: 7,250
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)  Total violations: 4,696
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451)  Total violations: 3,814
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)  Total violations: 2,371
  5. Ladders (1926.1053)  Total violations: 2,310
  6. Machine Guarding (1910.212)  Total violations: 2,097
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)  Total violations: 1,993
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)  Total violations: 1,744
  9. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)  Total violations: 1,572
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)  Total violations: 1,332 

Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the NSC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials, and the public in areas where the most impact can be made—workplace safety and beyond.


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