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OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

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Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, recently announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection—general requirements taking first place and one standard making its first appearance.

"Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day."

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations

  1. Fall protection—general requirements, with 7,270 violations;
  2. Hazard communication, with 4,552 violations;
  3. Scaffolds—general requirements, with 3,336 violations;
  4. Respiratory protection, with 3,118 violations;
  5. Lockout/tagout, with 2,944 violations;
  6. Ladders, with 2,812 violations;
  7. Powered industrial trucks, with 2,294 violations;
  8. Fall protection—training requirements, with 1,982 violations;
  9. Machine guarding, with 1,972 violations; and
  10. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection, with 1,536 violations.
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Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, recently announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection—general requirements taking first place and one standard making its first appearance.

2017 Report

In comparison with last year’s report, personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection took the place of electrical—wiring methods at No. 10. Like the 2016 and 2017 Top 10 OSHA violation reports, the top five positions have remained the same.

“Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury," Thomas Galassi, then OSHA’s director of enforcement programs, wrote in 2016.

   

Tagged categories: Health and safety; OSHA; OSHA; Regulations; Safety; Violations

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