The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released the preliminary Top 10 most-cited safety violations in 2016. This is in advance of the release of its final annual report on workplace safety violations and is compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA.

The top safety violation was fall protection with 6,929 violations. Hazard Communication, scaffolds, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout followed this.

The full list can be found below:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolds
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/tagout
  6. Powered industrial trucks
  7. Ladders
  8. Machine guarding
  9. Electrical wiring
  10. Electrical, general requirements

OSHA is focused on Fall Protection, the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the construction industry. Electrocutions and struck-by object hazards followed at slightly more than 8% each.

Each year more than 4,500 workplaces deaths occur and approximately 3 million are injured. It is critical for employers to provide safe workplace environments for employers. Understanding and correcting the top hazards will only help to reduce the number of injuries and deaths in the workplace.

Sources: Department of Labor, OSHA, National Safety Council, Construction Dive