Brushing Up on the OSHA Top 10

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Top 10 list accounts for the most frequently cited standards following inspections of businesses and worksites by federal OSHA.

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This helpful list can be used as a guide to learning what common risks to watch out for, and accessing vital information to help avoid devastating — and costly — work injuries or fatalities.

Each year, OSHA posts their Top 10 violations after the month of April to allow the prior fiscal year’s inspection data to finalize.1

In the fiscal year 2022, the Top 10 included:

  1. Fall protection(C)
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Ladders(C)
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Scaffolding(C)
  6. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
  7. Powered industrial trucks
  8. Fall protection training(C)
  9. Eye and face protection(C)
  10. Machinery and machine guarding

Is your business operating safely?

OSHA inspections across the nation are completed at both the state and federal levels. In 2022, over 69,000 OSHA inspections have occurred, resulting in more than 133,000 violations.2 Knowing that these risks exist — and that there are plenty of safety resources to help mitigate them — what will you do for your business to avoid becoming a part of these statistics?

Federated Insurance® provides OSHA Top 10 information on mySHIELD®, and offers access to additional resources, such as sample safety programs and training content to help identify and reduce worksite health and safety hazards. Reach out to your local Federated® marketing representative for more information.

1. Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards. Accessed 11/20/23.
2. Data Enforcement. Accessed 11/20/23.

(C) Construction Standard instead of General Industry (according to OSHA)


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