What Are The Most Common OSHA Violations?

According to OSHA, in 2014, the most common workplace safety violations of OSHA rules were:

  1. Fall Protection (construction standard): OSHA has requirements for employers to provide fall protection systems in the workplace.
  2. Hazard Communication: OSHA requires that employers ensure that the hazards of all chemicals produced or imported are classified, and that information concerning the classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees.
  3. Scaffolding (construction standard): For example, each scaffold and scaffold component shall be capable of supporting, without failure, its own weight and at least 4 times the maximum intended load applied or transmitted to it.
  4. Respiratory Protection: OSHA regulates breathing air contaminated with harmful dusts, fogs, fumes, mists, gases, smokes, sprays, or vapors, through accepted engineering control measures
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks: There are safety requirements relating to fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.
  6. Lockout/Tagout: There are minimum performance requirements for controlling hazardous energy that can be released while servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment; such unexpected energization or startup of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees.
  7. Ladders (construction standard): There are OSHA standards applicable to all ladders used on the job, including job-made ladders.
  8. Electrical, Wiring Methods: There are OSHA workplace requirements for wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use.
  9. Machine Guarding: OSHA mandates that one or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks
  10. Electrical, General Requirements: There are OSHA standards for ensuring that electric equipment shall be free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees

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