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OSHA unveils preliminary Top 10 list of most frequently cited standards

FY 2018 data show 5 construction standards in top 10

Posted October 24, 2018

Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP), announced the Agency’s “top 10 violations” for fiscal year 2018, during a technical session at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston, Texas.

Kapust pointed out that the list, which rarely changes from year to year, is still preliminary. He said the list of the top most-cited violations may be a good starting point for employers who want to improve their safety and health programs.

New to the top ten list this year is PPE – eye and face protection (1926.102), which is the tenth most frequently cited violation.

The FY 2018 Top Ten list of most-cited violations
Standard Regulation Number of citations
1. Fall protection – General Requirements 1926.501 7,270
2. Hazard Communication 1910.1200 4,552
3. Scaffolds – General Requirements 1926.451 3,336
4. Respiratory Protection 1910.134 3,118
5. Lockout/Tagout 1910.147 2,944
6. Ladders 1926.1053 2,812
7. Powered Industrial Trucks 1910.178 2,294
8. Fall Protection – Training 1926.503 1,982
9. Machine Guarding 1910.212 1,972
10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment-Eye and Face Protection 1926.102 1,536

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