The year isn’t officially over yet, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has already revealed its list of the Top Ten Most Cited Violations for 2010 (list below). The occasion was the recent National Safety Council (NSC) meeting.

Employers, if you want to avoid joining the list of cited companies, visit Personnel Concepts’ Web site section on OSHA Programs and Kits for a full line of helpful tools, posters and kits. 

Most Cited Violations of 2010:

  1. Scaffolding
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Hazard Communication
  4. Respiratory Protection
  5. Ladders
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy – Lockout/Tagout
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods
  8. Powered Industrial Trucks
  9. Electrical – General
  10. Machine Guarding

The 2009 List: 

  1. Scaffolding,
  2. Fall protection – Construction
  3. Hazard communication standard
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  6. Ladders, construction
  7. Powered industrial trucks
  8. Electrical, wiring methods
  9. Electrical systems design
  10. Fall protection – Training Requirements

Most Frequently Cited "Willful Violations":

  1. Requirements for Protective Systems
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Specific Excavation Requirements
  5. Permit Required Confined Space
  6. Lockout/Tagout
  7. Personal Protective Equipment
  8. Process Safety Management
  9. Machine Guarding
  10. Asbestos