Top 10 OSHA Standards Cited For The Construction Industry

We’ve compiled our Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry for the 2014 fiscal year. OSHA publishes their own list each year, but it covers all standard violations cited for all industries. Our list is based on all standards cited by Federal OSHA using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the construction industry.

All the standards that made the list this year were the same as last year although some have moved up or down in the rankings. The top four this year all kept their same ranking from the previous year. The biggest drop in the rankings was the  Toxic and Hazardous Substances (Standard No. 1910.1200) for Hazard Communication which fell from No. 5 to No.7 on the list this year. The biggest jump in the rankings was for General Safety and Health Provisions (Standard No. 1926.20) for General Safety and Health Provisions which moved up to No 8 on the list after being at No. 10 last year.

Below is the list of the most cited OSHA violations for the construction industry (NAICS Code: 23 Construction) for Fiscal Year 2014 (October 2013 – September 2014). Included are the title, standard number, the top 10 rank from the previous year and the number of citations reported to date.

OSHA Top 10 Citations

1.
Subpart Title: Fall Protection
Standard Number: 1926.501
Title: Duty to have fall protection.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 1
Number of Citations: 6,540

2.
Subpart Title: Scaffolds
Standard Number: 1926.451
Title: General requirements.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 2
Number of Citations: 4,182

3.
Subpart Title: Ladders
Standard Number: 1926.1053
Title: Ladders.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 3
Number of Citations: 2,548

4.
Subpart Title: Fall Protection
Standard Number: 1926.503
Title: Training requirements.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 4
Number of Citations: 1,558

5.
Subpart Title: Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
Standard Number: 1926.102
Title: Eye and face protection.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 6
Number of Citations: 1,121

6.
Subpart Title: Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment
Standard Number: 1926.100
Title: Head protection.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 7
Number of Citations: 967

7.
Subpart Title: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Standard Number: 1910.1200
Title: Hazard Communication.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 5
Number of Citations: 900

8.
Subpart Title: General Safety and Health Provisions
Standard Number: 1926.20
Title: General safety and health provisions.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 10
Number of Citations: 805

9.
Subpart Title: Scaffolds
Standard Number: 1926.453
Title: Aerial lifts.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 8
Number of Citations: 772

10.
Subpart Title: Excavations
Standard Number: 1926.651
Title: Specific excavation requirements.
FY2013 Top 10 Rank: 9
Number of Citations: 672

Note: The data for the rankings and number of citations is current as of October 22, 2014.

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