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.

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: 7,270 violations
Duty to have fall protection
1926.501

2. Hazard Communication: 4,552 violations
Information concerning classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees
1910.1200

3. Scaffolding: 3,336 violations
General requirements for scaffold and scaffold components
1926.451

4. Respiratory Protection: 3,118 violations
To prevent atmospheric contamination
1910.134

5. Lockout/Tagout: 2,944 violations
Establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy
1910.147

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

7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 2,294 violations
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

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,982 violations
Training requirements for employees who might be exposed to fall hazards
1926.503

9. Machine Guarding: 1,972 violations
General requirements for machine guards
1910.212

10. Eye & Face Protection: 1,536 violations
Requirements for appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards
1926.102

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