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Fall protection, hazard communication top OSHA violations tally for FY2013

Fall Protection once again leads the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations, which the National Safety Council announced last month in Chicago during its 2013 Congress & Expo.

“We appreciate our colleagues at OSHA sharing their most recent data as we look toward Leading Safety into the Future,” said Council CEO Janet Froetscher. “[The] presentation reminds us that it’s very important to learn from the past and address these top violations to help make our workplaces safer.”

Using agency figures released in mid-September, National Safety Council staff prepared these preliminary citation totals for the federal government’s 2013 fiscal year, ending September 30:

1926.501 – Fall Protection (8,241)
1910.1200 – Hazard Communication (6,156)
1926.451 – Scaffolding (5,423)
1910.134 – Respiratory Protection (3,879)
1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods (3,452)
1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (3,340)
1926.1053 – Ladders (3,311)
1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout (3,254)
1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements (2,745)
1910.212 – Machine Guarding (2,701)