David Michaels, Ph.D., the longest serving Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
David Michaels, Ph.D., the longest serving Assistant Secretary, U.S. Dept Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released their annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by the agency.  

OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA inspectors do. 

The top 10 citations for 2014 are:

  1. 1926.501 - Fall Protection
  2. 1910.1200 - Hazard Communication
  3. 1926.451 - Scaffolding
  4. 1910.134 - Respiratory Protection
  5. 1910.178 - Powered Industrial Trucks
  6. 1910.147 - Lockout/Tagout
  7. 1926.1053 - Ladders
  8. 1910.305 - Electrical, Wiring Methods
  9. 1910.212 - Machine Guarding
  10. 1910.303 - Electrical, General Requirements

There were only minor changes in the listing from the previous year. The National Safety Council has indicated that the number of top 10 violations has increased almost 30 percent over the same time period of the prior year.

The average total violation in 2013 for each citation is:

Fall Protection:  $2,507

Hazard Communication: $508

Scaffolding:  $1,772

Respiratory Protection:  $612

Powered Industrial Trucks:  $1,279

Lockout/Tagout:  $2,296

Ladders:  $1,321

Electrical Wiring Methods:  $1,062

Machine Guarding:  $3,234

Electrical, General Requirements:  $1,230