The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 
has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 
fiscal year 2014. 

The results show few changes from last year’s list, with the first four spots identical. 
However, violations for fall protection and hazard communication both have shrunk in the 
last year, with fall protection violations decreasing from 8,241 in 2013 to 6,134 in 2014, and 
hazard communication violations decreasing from 6,156 in 2013 to 5,161. However, the 
2014 list is based on preliminary data. 

Based on preliminary figures as of August 11, 2014, the top 10 violations for fiscal year 
2014 are:
  1. Fall protection (Standard 1926.501) – 6,143 total violations
  2. Hazard Communication (Standard 1910.1200) – 5,161 total violations
  3. Scaffolding (Standard 1926.451) – 4,029 total violations
  4. Respiratory Protection (Standard 1910.134) – 3,223 total violations
  5. Lockout/Tagout (Standard 1910.147) – 2,704 total violations
  6. Powered Industrial Trucks (Standard 1910.178) – 2,662 total violations
  7. Electrical – Wiring Methods (Standard 1910.305) – 2,490 total violations
  8. Ladders (Standard 1926.1053) – 2,448 total violations
  9. Machine Guarding (Standard 1910.212) – 2,200 total violations
  10. Electrical – General Requirements (Standard 1910.303) – 2,056 total violations