OSHA Unveils its Top 10 List
The total number for all 10 citations on the list is 40,463. That's about
4,200 fewer than last year's top 10.
Ladders - 2,054 citations
Comment: Congratulations to Ladders for being the only newcomer to crack
the Top 10. All of the other nine standards were repeats from last year.
Electrical, General Requirements - 2,120 citations
Comment: Electrical was in ninth last year, too.
Machine Guarding, General Requirements - 2,743 citations
Comment: This has been a slightly disappointing season for Machine Guarding
which was in seventh place last year at this time. The number of violations
citing this standard also fell from 3,245 in 2004.
Electrical Wiring Methods, Components, and Equipment for General Use -
Comment: Wiring fell one place and 552 citations from last year.
Powered Industrial Trucks - 2,871 citations
Comment: A comer, jumping two places from last year.
Lockout/Tagout - 3,711 citations
Comment: This perennial powerhouse dropped one spot from last year.
Respiratory Protection - 3,904 citations
Comment: Finished fifth last year.
Fall Protection, General Requirements - 5,504 citations
Comment: Won the bronze medal last year, too.
Hazard Communication - 6,641 citations
Comment: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Haz Com has made a habit
of finishing second.
The award for the standard most often cited in OSHA violations goes to:
Scaffolding, General Requirements - 8,130 citations
Comment: Scaffolding has become the New York Yankees of OSHA standards,
establishing a three-year dynasty that nobody seems likely to challenge
any time soon.
On a serious note, the Scaffolding three-peat is a reflection of three
- The disproportionate number of construction sites included in the
OSHA list of priority enforcement targets;
- The high incidence of fall injuries; and
- The complexity of the scaffolding standard itself.