A Closer Look at OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2017

When OSHA released the Top 10 Safety Violations for 2017 they didn’t change much from previous years. Only one new violation made way onto the list. Number nine on the citation list - fall protection training requirements.

In 2017 there were 1,523 OSHA violations issued for failure to provide workers with fall protection training.

Regardless of your industry, every employer is required to ensure their workers are provided with the tools they need to work safely, including proper safety training.

Think about this for a moment, you wouldn’t hand your teenager keys to your vehicle and ask them to drive on a busy highway without training them on driving basics, right? The same goes for workers. Employers shouldn’t ask their employee to operate a forklift or go onto a scaffold without providing them with the proper training.

You see, without proper training accidents are just waiting to happen. That’s why it’s important to make it your goal in 2018 to look at your workplace and invest in training your employees.

Yes, fall protection training requirements may have been the only training violation on the OSHA Top 10 List, but that doesn’t mean the other citations weren’t a direct result of lack of training.

Here’s the entire list of the top most frequently cited standards in 2017:

  1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134)
  5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147)
  6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
  7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178)
  8. Machines, general requirements, general industry (29 CFR 1910.212)
  9. Fall Protection, training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
  10. Electrical, wiring methods, components, and equipment, general industry (29 CFR 1910.305)

For workers, having a safety first mentality needs to be the cornerstone – the first thought before they start work. Just like, creating and maintaining a safe work environment should be a high priority for employers and organizations.

Under OSH law, employers have a responsibility to create and maintain a safe workplace and comply with OSHA regulations. This means not only making safety one of the organizations main values but also taking necessary steps to make sure employees have a safe work environment.

Safety posters play an integral role in complementing a safety-first culture. The use of humorous safety posters emphasizes the consequences of not paying attention to proper protocol – making the safety messages inescapable. When visual aids are used with continuous training, it’s easier to create a culture of safety.

With Safety Poster’s large selection of eye-capturing graphics with bold colors and concise messages, employees are motivated to make safer choices.

Reinforce safety in your workplace by investing in training and using safety posters to capture the attention of your employees.