The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Safety Violations

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Can you guess OSHA’s number one, most-cited violation for 2018?

If you guessed fall protection, you’re right! More than 7,200 violations occurred related to fall protection—that is, the general requirements standard.

Patrick Kapust, the deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, recently presented the preliminary findings at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston, Texas (1).

Workplace Safety in the Past Year

The top 5 violations are actually the same for the fourth year in a row.

The list of the top 10  most frequently cited OSHA violations is a great reminder of where so many organizations can improve! These are hazards that we know we can eliminate or minimize, so they are a great place to focus.

Here’s the preliminary top 10 list from OSHA:

  1. Fall Protection (general requirements standard)
  2. Hazard communication
  3. Scaffolding
  4. Respiratory protection
  5. Lockout/Tagout
  6. Ladders
  7. Powered industrial trucks
  8. Fall Protection – Training requirements
  9. Machine guarding
  10. Eye and face protection

The newcomer on the list this year: eye and face protection.

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Looking Ahead to Safety in 2019 and Beyond

As you plan for next year, be sure to check with your private insurance carrier for support in updating your safety program, when applicable. Most of the time they have occupational health and safety people that can help you develop your occupational safety plans.

Second, you can check out these 10 resources designed to help you:

  1. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  2. NIOSH – Continuing Education Programs
  3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  4. OHIO BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene (or your state-specific workers’ comp resource)
  5. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  6. National Safety Council
  7. Ohio-Local Safety Council (or your local safety council)
  8. American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®
  9. American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  10. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) (for select companies)

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Special thanks to Mark Giordano, retired Senior Ergonomics Consultant for the Division of Safety and Hygiene, for the State of Ohio – Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, who provided many of the resources mentioned in this post.

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