October 25, 2007 | Mark Paradies

OSHA Top Ten Hazards List

Each year OSHA publishes a list of the top 10 hazards by the violations that were cited by their inspectors.

Each year I wonder … Are these the top 10 things that industry needs to worry about or just the top 10 things that OSHA inspectors look for?

Here is the 2007 (yes – just 11 months of data) list:

    HAZARD                                  REGULATION      # of VIOLATIONS
1. Scaffolding                              1926.451                      7,592
2. Hazard Communication            1910.1200                    5,099
3. Fall Protection                          1926.501                      5,095
4. Respiratory Protection              1910.134                      3,145
5. Lockout/Tagout                        1910.147                      2,973
6. Powered Industrial Trucks          1910.178                      2,577
7. Electrical – Wiring                    1910.305                      2,412
8. Ladders                                    1926.1053                    2,113
9. Machine Guarding                    1910.212                        2,054
10. Electrical – General                1910.303                      1,848

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