Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations

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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 ninth straight year, the OSHA top cited standard is Fall Protection: General Requirements with the rest of the list remaining largely unchanged. Lockout/Tagout, which ranked fifth in 2018 traded places with Respiratory Protection for fourth place this year.

1. Fall Protection: General Requirements

Duty to have fall protection 1926.501
6,010 violations

2. Hazard Communication

Information concerning classified hazards is transmitted to employers and employees 1910.1200
3,671 violations

3. Scaffolding

General requirements for scaffold and scaffold components 1926.451
2,813 violations

4. Lockout/Tagout

Establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy 1910.147
2,606 violations

5.Respiratory Protection

To prevent atmospheric contamination 1910.134
2,450 violations

6. Ladders

Requirements for all ladders including job-made ladders. 1926.1053
2,345 violations

7. 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
2,093 violations

8. Fall Protection: Training Requirements

Training requirements for employees who might be exposed to fall hazards 1926.503
1,773 violations

9. Machine Guarding

General requirements for machine guards 1910.212
1,743 violations

10. Eye & Face Protection

Requirements for appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards 1926.102
1,411 violations

To learn more on how you can make your workplace a safe and healthy environment, visit the OSHA website,

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