STEP 1

Know OSHA's Most-Cited Hazards

While OSHA doesn’t break down its more than 70,000 or so annual inspections by industry, it does offer a list of its top 10 most-cited violations. Think of these as “trouble spots” you should concentrate on addressing

Three out of the top 10 most-cited violations — fall protection, scaffolding, and ladders — involve construction standards. Not surprisingly, the construction industry remains among the industries most frequently inspected by OSHA. In fact, of the 4,836 worker fatalities in private industry in 2015, 21.4 percent were in the construction industry.

DID YOU KNOW?

OSHA's maximum penalty for a “serious” violation increased 78% in 2016, from $7,000 to $12,471 per violation, and again in 2017 to $12,675 per violation.

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Hazard information reported by government agencies, nonprofits, the media, and individuals often prompts an investigation.

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Employees can request anonymity when filing complaints and such allegations often warrant OSHA follow-up.

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OSHA frequently conducts follow-up inspections to previous visits, so stay prepared.

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