OSHA Top 10 2015
by Master Admin - Friday, 9 October 2015, 06:32 PM

OSHA’s 10 Most Cited Violations for 2015 Announced at NSC Event

OSHA has released the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited violations for Fiscal 2015, which were announced at the recently held National Safety Council Congress and Expo.

The list isn’t much different from those of previous years. Comparing it with last year’s for instance, 2015’s preliminary top 10 still has Fall protection(1926.501) as its number one most cited violation. This is actually the fifth time that this violation is topping the list. The other commonly cited violations still held their usual positions except a few changes in Ladders and Electrical & Wiring Methods. So do we always expect the same list year in year out? Moreover, does this suggest that despite being provided with a fairly specific list of things to focus on every year, we’re still somehow missing the mark?


As part of the Department of Labor, OSHA has indeed impacted positively on workplace safety and health conditions through its education, training, outreach and assistance but does the repetition we’re seeing suggest that perhaps OSHA is too lenient in its approach to enforcement?

OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations in Fiscal 2015

  1. Fall Protection (1926.501)
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451)
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  6. Industrial Powered Trucks (1910.178)
  7. Ladders (1926.1053)
  8. Electrical Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  10. Electrical General Requirements (1910.303)

Considering the top10 lists of previous years, it’s likely that the final list to be published in December will be no different than the recently released preliminary list. It’s important for employers to assess their workplaces and determine the best approach in handling the frequent violations that have remained on the list if applicable to their operation.