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NSC: OSHA Reveals the List of Top 10 Most Cited Violations at the National Safety Congress

Sandy Smith

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 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

A more in-depth look at the Top 10 violations for 2019 will be published in the December edition of Safety+Health magazine, a National Safety Council publication.

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.

September 11, 2019 @ 10:54 AM EDT Manufacturing, Construction Health & Safety, Risk Management

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