The Latest: OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2015

Top 10The largest gathering of safety professionals met recently at the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo, and the take-aways underscored the importance pursuing excellence in construction safety.

Of particular note is the most recent data on OHSA’s Top 10 violations for 2015. Fall protection leads the list, as it does every year, but there are important safety hazards not far behind: hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection to name a few.

“In injury prevention, we go where the data tell us to go,” said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence.”

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 for FY 2015:

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501) – 6,721
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 5,192
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 4,295
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 3,305
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 3,002
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,760
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,489
  8. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 2,404
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 2,295
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303) – 1,973

The final report on the Top 10 violations for 2015 will be published in the December edition of the Council’s Safety+Health magazine.

At Diversified Safety Services, we monitor these high-risk construction activities and help site managers stay compliant with safety procedures. For more information and a complimentary safety audit, contact our office.






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