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Most OSHA Violations Remain the Same, Sans One Addition


Last week, OSHA released its top 10 OSHA violations of 2018 list at the National Safety Congress in Houston, TX. The administration’s deputy director, Patrick Kapust, announced the results during the National Safety Council Congress and Expo.

“Typically we don’t see a lot of changes from year to year,” said Kapust. “We like to encourage employers to use it as a guide as to what they should look at in their workplace.”

Fall protection tops the list for the eighth year in a row. The top five violations also remained unchanged for the fourth consecutive year, which includes respiratory protection landing, again, at number four.


Related: Top 5 Respiratory Protection Citations From 2017


However, there is one newcomer on the list at #10. This is the first year that PPE has been ranked in OSHA’s top 10 violations, replacing Electrical Wiring Methods.

OSHA’s top 10 list is based on an estimated total of 32,266 violations from the fiscal year 2018. These violations were found only by the federal agency and precluded violations found by state enforcement agencies.

Kapust said during the presentation, “The Top 10 represents the most frequently cited standards, and they are a good place to start for the employer in identifying hazards in their own workplace.”


Here’s the full list:


1. Fall Protection – General Requirements

Standard: 1926.501

Number of Violations: 7,270

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 1


2. Hazard Communication

Standard: 1910.1200

Number of Violations: 4,552

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 2


3. Scaffolds – General Requirements

Standard: 1926.451

Number of Violations: 3,336

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 3


4. Respiratory Protection

Standard: 1910.134

Number of Violations: 3,118

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 4


5. Lockout/Tagout

Standard: 1910.147

Number of Violations: 2,944

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 5


6. Ladders

Standard: 1926.1053

Number of Violations: 2,812

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 6


7. Powered Industrial Trucks

Standard: 1910.178

Number of Violations: 2,294

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 7


8. Fall Protection

Standard: 1926.503

Number of Violations: 1,982

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 9


9. Machine Guarding

Standard: 1910.212

Number of Violations: 1,972

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: 8


10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection

Standard: 1926.95

Number of Violations: 1,536

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2017 Rank: Unranked


Respiratory Protection and Personal Protective Equipment are important standards in protecting employees against occupational health hazards such as chemicals and dust.


Related: NJ Pet Food Manufacturer Fined $152,829 by OSHA


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