Tool Talk: 2019 OSHA Top 10 Violations

At the end of every year Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases its Top 10 Violations. This signifies citations issued by OSHA staff conducting safety inspections to workplaces to assess their adherence to the federal requirements.

Top 10 Violations of 2019:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,010 violations

  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,671 violations

  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,813 violations

  4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,606 violations

  5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,450 violations

  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,345 violations

  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,093 violations

  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,773 violations

  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,743 violations

  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,411 violations

Why is the OSHA Top 10 so Important? It is important because OSHA has these requirements to help keep personnel safe and to help shine a light on neglected practices in industry. However, one of the most concerning aspects of the OSHA Top 10 Violations is its consistency, because year after year these violations remain largely unchanged. In fact, there is only one difference between the Top 10 Violations of 2018 and 2019 and that’s the Respiratory Protection and Lockout/Tagout swapped the 4 and 5 positions. Otherwise, while the actual numbers in this preliminary report have decreased, they are identical to last year’s. Failing to adhere to these standards is a serious matter. Remember, falls are the leading cause of workplace fatalities. It’s no coincidence that fall protection continuously tops OSHA’s list.

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