OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2018

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Identifying hazards in the workplace is no easy task, but knowing the top risks can help in your efforts to keep workers safe. For now the fourth straight year each of the top five violations have remained unchanged.

Fall Protection: General Requirements

Duty to have fall protection 1926.501

7,270 violations

Hazard Communication

Information concerning classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees 1910.1200
4,552 violations


General requirements for scaffold and scaffold components 1926.451
3,336 violations

Respiratory Protection

To prevent atmospheric contamination 1910.134
3,118 violations


Establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy 1910.147
2,944 violations


Requirements for all ladders including job-made ladders. 1926.1053
2,812 violations

Powered Industrial Trucks

Requirements relating to fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines. 1910.178
2,294 violations

Fall Protection: Training Requirements

Training requirements for employees who might be exposed to fall hazards 1926.503
1,982 violations

Machine Guarding

General requirements for machine guards 1910.212
1,972 violations

Eye & Face Protection

Requirements for appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards 1926.102
1,536 violations

To learn more on how you can make your workplace a safe and healthy environment, visit OSHA’s website, www.osha.gov


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