The agency released the latest list to encourage employers to minimize the riskiest workplace hazards.
The specific standards generating the most violations were 1926.451 for scaffolding in construction and 1926.501 for fall protection in construction.
The following comprised the remainder of the Top 10 most frequently cited violations:
- Hazard communication -- 1910.1200.
- Respiratory protection -- 1910.134.
- Lockout tagout -- 1910.147.
- Electrical, wiring methods -- 1910.305.
- Powered industrial trucks -- 1910.178.
- Ladders in construction -- 1926.1053.
- Electrical systems design -- 1910.303.
- Machine guarding -- 1910.212.
OSHA publicizes the annual list to "alert employers about these frequently cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in them before a worker suffers a preventable injury, illness or death." A variety of publications are available with answers to common questions about each standard.
For example, in its publication, A Guide to Scaffold Use in the Construction Industry, OSHA examines the most common questions about its scaffold standard. It includes a section on highlights of the standard, such as fall protection or fall arrest systems, and notes that "each employee more than 10 feet above a lower level shall be protected from falls by guardrails or a fall arrest system, except those on single-point and two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds."
Additional topics in that publication include guardrail height, crossbracing, midrails, footings, platforms, capacity, training, inspections, and erecting and dismantling.
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December 12, 2011
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