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Top 10 OSHA Workplace Violations for 2019

Posted by Kristi Brekhus on 12th Sep 2019

On September 10, 2019 at the NSC Congress and Expo in San Diego, the National Safety Council and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019. These findings are presented annually in September, the end of their fiscal year.

The Top 10 list tends to look similar from year to year, the variation generally being the frequency with which specific violations are cited. In 2019, the most cited violation was Fall Protection – General Requirement – a violation that has continued to be the top cited over the past 9 consecutive years. Lockout/Tagout and Respiratory Protection have switched places since 2018, with Lockout/Tagout being cited more frequently this year. Rounding out the top 10 is Eye and Face Protection – the same as in 2018.

"Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job," said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "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 preliminary* Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations are as follows:

Violation Times Cited
1. Fall Protection – General Requirement (1926.501) 6,101
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 2,813
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 (1962.102) 1,411

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*preliminary as of August 15, 2019.