After years of a static Top Ten Safety Violations list from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the annual count has welcomed a newcomer: eye and face protection, which came in at number 10 and bumped out the electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment category.
The top of the list remains unchanged, with fall protection registering 7,270 violations, according to Patrick Kapust, Washington, D.C.-based deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, who presented the list at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston.
Rounding out the list are:
2. Hazard communication: 4,552 violations
3. Scaffolding: 3,336 violations
4. Respiratory protection: 3,118 violations
5. Lockout/tagout: 2,944 violations
6. Ladders: 2,812 violations
7. Powered industrial trucks: 2,294 violations
8. Fall protection: 1,982 violations
9. Machine guarding: 1,972 violations
10. Eye and face protection: 1,536 violations
Kapust said most of the violations for failing to provide eye and face stemmed from the housing industry, with roofers, house framers and other contractors cited often.