Top 10 OSHA Violations 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently made available all citation data for the most recent fiscal year (October 2017 through September 2018). From the citation data, we can determine the top 10 OSHA violations for the current year. Each year, this resource helps employers and various professionals determine the top hazards in the industry they service. Some standards consistently rank in the top citations for an industry, such as Fall Protection for Construction, while others have just recently climbed the ranks, such as Process Safety Management for Manufacturing.

We’ve done the heavy lifting and compiled a list (and infographic) of the top 10 OSHA violations for both Construction and Manufacturing industries.

Top 10 OSHA Violations for Construction

  1. Fall Protection

Standard: 1926.501, 502, and 503 – Duty, Systems Criteria, Practices and Training

Number of Citations: 8,215

2. Scaffolding

Standard: 1926.451, 452, 454 – General Requirements, Training and Additional Requirements

Number of Citations: 3,603

3. Personal Protective Equipment

Standard: 1926.100,102 – Head, Eye and Face Protection

Number of Citations: 2,050

4. Ladders

Standard: 1926.1053

Number of Citations: 1,848

5. General Safety and Health Provisions

Standard: 1926.20

Number of Citations: 1,103

6. Excavation

Standard: 1926.651, 651 – Specific Excavation Requirements and Protective Systems

Number of Citations: 697

7. Hazard Communication

Standard: 1910.1200

Number of Citations: 382

8. Electrical

Standard: 1926.405 – Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use

Number of Citations: 243

9. Abatement Verification

Standard: 1926.19

Number of Citations: 231

10. Respiratory Protection

Standard: 1910.132

Number of Citations: 188

Top 10 OSHA Violations for Manufacturing

  1. MachineĀ Guarding

Standard: 1910.212, 219 – General Requirements and Mechanical Power-transmission Apparatus

Number of Citations: 2,048

2. Lockout/Tagout

Standard: 1910.147

Number of Citations: 1,356

3. Hazard Communication

Standard: 1910.200

Number of Citations: 1,312

4. Respiratory Protection

Standard: 1910.134

Number of Citations: 1,246

5. Electrical

Standard: 1910.303, 305 – General Requirements and Wiring Methods

Number of Citations: 1,048

6. Powered Industrial Trucks

Standard: 1910.178

Number of Citations: 863

7. Personal Protective Equipment

Standard: 1926.100, 102 – Head, Eye and Face Protection

Number of Citations: 432

8. Occupational Noise Exposure

Standard: 1910.95

Number of Citations: 349

9. General Safety and Health Provisions

Standard: 1910.22

Number of Citations: 267

10. Process Safety Management

Standard: 1910.119 – Highly Hazardous Chemicals

Number of Citations: 265

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