Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations for FY 2018

Let's get real for a moment. Would OSHA uncover willful or serious safety violations if they showed up at your facility, job site, or warehouse?

Every year, National Safety Council (NSC) and OSHA publish the Top 10 OSHA Safety Violations with hopes to alert employees about commonly cited standards. The idea is to motivate employers so they can find and fix hazards in and around the workplace. Knowing how workers are getting hurt will go a long way toward keeping them safe.

Still, every year, the number of work-related injuries and deaths are astonishing. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job and approximately 3 million are injured, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Blog.  

Since 1970 OSHA has been implementing standards and regulations aimed to keep workers in the construction, agriculture, maritime, and general industry safe. In order to keep these workers safe, proper signs, labels, tags, lockout devices, and PPE will protect and warn workers about potential hazards. 

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How can you eliminate safety violations and injuries in your workplace?

Take a look at this list (below) of OSHA’s Top Most Frequently Cited Standards. Use this information to re-evaluate safety in your workplace so you and your employees can make smarter, safer choices at work.

Ask yourself and your coworkers - Are any of these safety violations a concern in the workplace? If the answer is yes, now is the ideal time to use these safety tips and products to prevent injuries - even death - and costly OSHA fines.

Preliminary figures as of Oct. 1, 2018

#1 Fall Protection

(29 CFR 1926.501)  7,270 Violations

Safety Tips: Provide construction and industry workers with guardrails, elevated platforms, required safety harnesses, hard hats, and safety identification to keep them safe from serious injuries. Prevent fall-related injuries by following OSHA regulations. 

#2 Hazard Communication

 (29 CFR 1910.1200) 4,552 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide a comprehensive hazard communication programs including - container labeling and signage, identifying of specific hazards, safety data sheets, and appropriate employee training, per OSHA standards.

O S H A- Top 02 Hazard Communication

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#3 Scaffolding 

 (29 CFR 1926.451) 3,336 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide each employee working on a scaffold more than 10 feet above a lower level with protection from falling to the lower level.  Install guardrail systems on all open sides and ends of platforms and keep all working levels fully planked or decked in accordance with OSHA standards.

#4 Respiratory Protection  

(29 CFR 1910.134) 3,118 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide your workers with a written respiratory protection program to prevent atmospheric contamination. Additionally, when workers are subjected to breathing contaminated air, provide them with equipment to protect their health as noted in OSHA standards.

#5 Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout

(29 CFR 1910.147) 2,944 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide your workforce with a written energy control program that includes specific procedures for lockout/tagout. Additionally, ensure all employees have adequate training, and devices needed to securely lockout machines and equipment prior to servicing or maintaining. Follow OSHA regulations to prevent serious injuries.

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#6 Ladders

(29 CFR 1926.1053) 2,812 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide all employees with training on the proper way to use a ladder. Ensure that all ladders are inspected for quality prior to using and if a ladder is found defective, tag it with a Do Not Use message and make sure the ladder is not accessible to others during servicing. Follow OSHA guidelines for safely using ladders.

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#7 Powered
Industrial Trucks

 (29 CFR 1910.178) 2,294 Violations

Safety Tip: Provide all operators of power industrial trucks, forklifts, powered pallet jacks, stand-up rider lift trucks, order pickers, and the like with the appropriate training.  Inspect equipment prior to operating – at least daily and report and correct defects immediately. Also, ensure all operators have a performance evaluation at least once every three years.

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#8 Fall Protection-Training Requirements

 (29 CFR 1926.503) 1,982 Violations

Safety Tip: Ensure all workers are provided with a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The training should be provided by a qualified competent person as noted by OSHA.

#9 Machine Guarding

 (29 CFR 1910.212) 1,972 Violations

Safety Tip: One or more methods of machine guarding needs to be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are-barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.

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#10 Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection

 (29 CFR 1926.102) 1,536 Violations

Safety Tip: Employers need to ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.


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