By James L. Curtis and Craig B. Simonsen

OSHA has recently posted to its website its annual listing of the  “Top Ten Most Frequently Cited Violations.” 

In an educational and entertaining graphic, OSHA lists off the ten most cited standards.


As in years past, the Top Ten listing identifies scaffolding, fall protection, respiratory protection and lockout/tagout (LOTO) as major sources of citations.  This is a testimony to both the difficulty of consistent compliance with these standards, and OSHA’s ongoing emphasis on these hazards.  Employers should use this listing as a reminder to emphasize these areas during new employee orientation and existing employee refresher training because OSHA will absolutely be looking for violations in these areas when they visit your worksite.