The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations at the 2015 National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia.

Once again, fall protection topped the list with 6,721 violations. Hazard communication was second on the list of top violations, followed by scaffolding, respiratory protection, lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks and ladders. Rounding out the top 10 were electrical/wiring methods, machine guarding and electrical/general requirements.

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

The preliminary figures for the 2015 fiscal year are as follows:

  1. Fall Protection – 6,721 Violations
  2. Hazard Communication – 5,192 Violations
  3. Scaffolding – 4,295 Violations
  4. Respiratory Protection – 3,305 Violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout – 3,002 Violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks – 2,760 Violations
  7. Ladders – 2,489 Violations
  8. Electrical, Wiring Methods – 2,404 Violations
  9. Machine Guarding – 2,295 Violations
  10. Electrical, General Requirements – 1,973 Violations

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

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