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October 23, 2012
OSHA announces Top 10 violations for 2012

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 Congress & Expo in Orlando.

"We appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data at our Celebration of the Century," said National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher. "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."

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

The final report on the Top 10 violations for 2012 will be published in the December edition of the Council's Safety+Health magazine.
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