The Top 10 Safety Violations of 2017

As we move forward into 2018 and focus on our exciting goals and potential for the year, it’s important to reflect and look at what we can learn from the past year.

At the end of the year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a list detailing the most-cited safety violations for 2017. Are your clients aware of these common violations?

The top 10 violations included:

  1. Fall protection—general requirements, with 6,887 total violations
  2. Hazard communication, with 4,652 total violations
  3. Scaffolding, with 3,697 total violations
  4. Respiratory protection, with 3,381 total violations
  5. Lockout/tagout, with 3,131 total violations
  6. Ladders, with 2,567 total violations
  7. Powered industrial trucks, with 2,349 total violations
  8. Machine guarding, with 2,109 total violations
  9. Fall protection—training requirements, with 1,724 total violations
  10. Electrical—wiring methods, with 1,530 total violations

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, even stated, “Many of these violations were specifically related to training requirements and ensuring that a training program for each employee who may be exposed to fall hazards is established. Often, these violations occurred in the roofing, framing and residential modeling industries.”

He added, “We are concerned about the recent uptick in this category and urge employers to take the necessary measures to train employees on this competency.”

Making note of the importance of safety training with any of your equipment could set you apart from your competitors. Sharing this blog, or even just the infographic included in this post, with them could be an added benefit in your sales process with both new and existing clients. It shows you genuinely care about your client’s employees and ultimately business.

Let’s make 2018 a safer year in the industry!


Kelsey Fritz
Kelsey is the Marketing Coordinator at Commercial Web Services where she monitors the latest marketing advancements to better educate dealers on marketing trends that can further their business goals.

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