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2012 OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards for General Contractors & Building Operatives

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall, but also within particular industries. The most recent statistics from OSHA reveal the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2012 for the building construction industry. This top 10 list includes businesses primarily engaged in the construction of residential, farm, industrial, commercial and other such buildings. Companies in general building contracting and other special trades are included.

Description of Violation

Cited Standard Number


1. Duty to Have Fall Protection – Complying with OSHA standards to provide fall protection systems that conform with all requirements for quality, quantity and safety.

29 CFR 1926.501


2. General Scaffold Requirements – Using and maintaining scaffolds or related equipment properly according to manufacturer’s standards.

29 CFR 1926.451


3. Ladders – Proper use and maintenance of all ladders on site according to the OSHA standards of support, construction, protection, proper use and employee awareness.

29 CFR 1926.1053


4. Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use – Using proper wiring technique and equipment – even if the wiring is temporary – to ensure safe electrical continuity and prevent electrical hazards.

29 CFR 1926.405


5. Hazard Communication – Properly transmitting information on chemical hazards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, MSDS and training.

29 CFR 1910.1200


6. Stairways – Following all specifications on the proper use, construction and setup of all stairways on site.

29 CFR 1926.1052


7. Training Requirements – Providing mandatory training for all employees who may be exposed to fall hazards that allows workers to recognize and react to exposures.

29 CFR 1926.503


8. Wiring Design and Protection – Adhering to all the regulations for proper use and identification of wired systems.

29 CFR 1926.404


9. General Requirements for Electrical Equipment – General safety requirements for electrical equipment including examination, installation and use of equipment.

29 CFR 1926.403


10. Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices – Requirements for fall protection systems.

29 CFR 1926.502


*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2012. To understand the full capacity and scope of each standard, click on the standard number to visit and view the language in its entirety. Source:   Design © 2012 Zywave, Inc.


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