OSHA announced their top 10 most frequently cited safety violations for fiscal year 2018 at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo, October 23, 2018.

The October report covered both general industry and construction. Not much changed from FY2017 to FY2018 with the exception of Violation #10 – Eye and Face Protection. This construction standard appeared on the Top !0 Most Frequently Cited Violations list for the first time.

OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited violations, so you can take steps to find and fix any that might be in your workplace or prevent them from occurring. Some steps you might take include:

  • Review your safety practices to prepare for the new year.
  • Review any accidents, investigations and follow up actions taken that may help to prevent future incidents.
  • Evaluate safety protocols with federal and state OSHA requirements.
  • Refresh team training.
  • Update safety records.

Most Frequently Cited Violations in 2018 (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018)

  • Fall Protection – General Requirements. Standard: 1926.501. Total Violations: 7,216
  • Hazard Communication. Standard 1910.1200. Total Violations: 4,537
  • Scaffolding. Standard 1926.451. Total Violations: 3,319
  • Respiratory Protection. Standard 1910.134. Total Violations: 3,112
  • Lockout/Tagout. Standard 1910.147. Total Violations: 2,923
  • Ladders. Standard 1926. 1053. Total Violations: 2,780
  • Powered Industrial Trucks. Standard 1910.178. Total Violations: 2,281
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements. Standard 1926. 503
  • Machine Guarding. Standard 1910.212. Total Violations: 1,969
  • Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection. Standard 1926.102. Total Violations: 1,528

Top 10 “Serious” Violations, Fiscal Year 2018

  • Fall Protection. Standard 1926.501. Total Violations: 5,899
  • Scaffolding. Standard 1926.451. Total Violations: 3,059
  • Hazard Communication. Standard 1910.1200. Total Violations: 2,949
  • Ladders. Standard 1926.1053. Total Violations 2,480
  • Lockout/Tagout. Standard 1910.147. Total Violations: 2,384
  • Respiratory Protection. Standard 1910.134. Total Violations 2,044
  • Machine Guarding. Standard 1910.212. Total Violations: 1,710
  • Powered Industrial Trucks. Standard 1910.178. Total Violations: 1,548
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements. Standard 1926.503. Total Violations: 1,539.
  • Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection. Standard 1926.102. Total Violations: 1,353

OSHA defines a “serious” violation as one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

Top 10 “Willful” Violations, Fiscal Year 2018

  • Fall Protection. Standard 1926.501. Total Violations: 134
  • Lockout/Tagout. Standard 1910.147. Total Violations: 30
  • Grain Handling Facilities. Standard 1910.272. Total Violations: 22
  • Requirements for Protective Systems. Standard 1926.652. Total Violations: 19
  • Respiratory Protection. Standard 1910.134. Total Violations 15
  • Machine Guarding. Standard 1910.212. Total Violations: 14
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements. Standard 1926.503. Total Violations: 12
  • Mechanical Power Transmission Apparatus. Standard 1910.219. Total Violations: 11
  • Hazard Communication. Standard 1910.1200. Total Violations: 10
  • Permit-Required Confined Spaces. Standard 1910.146. Total Violations: 10

OSHA defines “willful” violation as one committee with an intentional disregard of or plain indifference to the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and requirements

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Source: OSHA’s Top 10 most-cited violations for fiscal year 2018

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