Fall Protection Tops List of Top 10 Most Cited Violations

Fall protection once again tops the list of OSHA’s most cited violations, followed by hazard communications and scaffolding violations.

The National Safety Council and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019 in San Diego at the National Safety Congress.

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA directorate of enforcement programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the NSC 2019 Congress and Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

The rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations typically vary little from year to year; Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) tops this year’s list for the ninth consecutive year. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), a newcomer to last year’s list, remains in the No. 10 spot. Like the other most cited violations, fatalities and injuries related to fall protection and eye protection are easily preventable by following the standards.

“Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job,” said Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO. “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.”

The Top 10 for FY 2019 (preliminary figures as of Aug. 15, 2019) are:
  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) – 6,010
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 3,671
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 2,813
  4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) – 2,606
  5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) – 2,450
  6. Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,345
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,093
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) – 1,773
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 1,743
  10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) – 1,411
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About the author: Sandy Smith, Global Content Lead, Intelex Technologies, is an award-winning newspaper reporter and business-to-business journalist who has spent 20+ years researching and writing about EHSQ and networking with EHSQ professionals. She is passionate about helping them become leaders in building and maintaining safe workplaces and participate in creating workplace cultures that promote and support EHSQ.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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