Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2019 Are Revealed

The National Safety Council and OSHA recently announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019. The list is as follows:

• Fall Protection — General Requirements (1926.501): 6,010 violations

• Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,671

• Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,813

• Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,606

• Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,450

• Ladders (1926.1053): 2,345

• Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,093

• Fall Protection — Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,773

• Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,743

• Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment — Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,411

A Call to Action

Commenting on the 2019 list, Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, had this to say: “The OSHA Top 10 list is a helpful guide for understanding just how adept America’s businesses are in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety. This list should serve as a challenge for us to do better as a nation and expect more from employers. It should also serve as a catalyst for individual employees to re-commit to safety.” 

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