On September 29, 2015, OSHA issued its preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 cited standards for fiscal year 2015. The list was presented at the National Safety Council’s 2015 Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs.
The following rankings reflect OSHA’s data through September 8, 2015, and will be updated after the fiscal year ends on September 30, 2015:
Fall Protection, 29 C.F.R. § 1926.501 – 6,721 violations (2014 Rank: #1)
Common Violations: failure to wear fall protection; unprotected sides and edges.
Generally speaking, there is very little variation in these rankings from year to year. Thus, employers should consider using this list as a starting point to identify and correct potential safety violations in their establishments.