2011 OSHA Top Violation List

2011 OSHA

Top 10 most frequently cited violations


1)     1926.451 – Scaffolding remains at top this year

2)     1926.501 – Fall Protection also remaining in second place

3)     1910.1200 – Hazard Communication

OSHA said most violations involved not having a written Hazard Communication program, a lack of a training program, and a lack of MSDS management system. I would suggest if you do not have these items in place and up to date get moving. An MSDS book could take weeks to put together and maintaining this book should be part of your daily routine.

4. 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection

Roughly five million workers in the U.S. are required to wear respirators. OSHA said employers must provide workers with proper medical evaluations and fit testing. This test cost about $100 here in NYC and has to be done yearly. Did you know that you are not allowed by OSHA to wear a respirator if you have facial hair? Simple items like this can keep you, your employees alive and your company away from citations.

5. 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout

Not following proper Lockout/Tagout procedures can result in unexpected energization of parts and a release of hazardous energy. This standard prevents 50,000 injuries and 120 fatalities a year. Average worker spends 24 days away from work to recover from a LOTO injury.

6. 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods

Working with electricity involves working on overhead lines, circuit assemblies, cables harnesses, and other equipment.

7. 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks

OSHA said there were 8,410 injuries in the U.S. in 2009 related to forklifts. Easy to put a forklift plan in place so do it and get it out to the men, they will appreciate it.OSHA stated they will be enforcing back up alarms this upcoming year

8. 1926.1053 – Ladders

Ladders make up about 25 percent of falls, OSHA said. Hazards include improper use of siderails, unintended use of ladders, and defective ladders.

9. 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements

Many violations involve not following electrical installation requirements.

10. 1910.212 – Machine Guarding

Improper machine guarding can result in broken bones, finger lacerations, and hand crushes. In 2009, 5,930 workers suffered amputations from machine-related incidents. The industry is definitely changing and making guards mandatory in the field. Its up to the companies to help enforce this and also enforce it in our fabrication shops.


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