The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary list of the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2016. The list was announced during the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

“Every year the OSHA Top Ten serves as a guide for employers to address the biggest safety risks facing their employees,” said National Safety Council president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “We look forward to working with employers to reduce these incidents and ensure every workplace is on a journey to safety excellence.”

The top ten hazards are:

  1. Fall protection;
  2. Hazard communication;
  3. Scaffolds;
  4. Respiratory protection;
  5. Lockout/tagout;
  6. Powered industrial trucks/forklifts;
  7. Ladders;
  8. Machine guarding;
  9. Electrical wiring; and
  10. Electrical, general requirements.

According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, and about 3 million are injured.