The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released their annual list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following they agency’s inspections of worksites.
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. When OSHA finds a violation, it comes with a hefty fine. In September 2014, a Connecticut-based roofing contractor was fined nearly $300,000 for fall protection violations. Just this month, a Maine manufacturing plant was fined over $100K for lockout/tagout and machine guarding violations.
OSHA made approximately 94,000 citations in 2014, and these top 10 citations account for almost half of all violations issued in the year.