OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for 2019

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019

A new year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on how we’re doing and how we can do better. How adept are we as a nation in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety? Where can we focus our efforts to improve? As 2020 gets underway, looking back at OSHA’s list of Top 10 most-cited safety violations for fiscal year (FY) 2019 is a great starting point to understand areas of opportunity for better protecting workers in this year – and beyond.

For the ninth consecutive year – “Fall Protection – General Requirements” topped the list. OSHA’s full list of most-cited violations for FY19, as published in Safety + Health Magazine, is as follows:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,014 violations
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,170 violations
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,228 violations
  4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,975 violations
  5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,826 violations
  6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,766 violations
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,347 violations
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 2,059 violations
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,987 violations
  10. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,630 violations

After “Fall Protection – General Requirements,” the remaining 9 most-cited violations remained consistent with those from FY2018 – although Lockout/Tagout switched places with Respiratory Protection, becoming number 4 and number 5, respectively – reflecting persistent issues with basic, long-standing workplace safety rules. Accordingly, it “should serve as a challenge for us to do better as a nation,” said NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin in a September 2019 press following the unveiling of the list at National Safety Congress & Expo in San Diego.

Safety + Health also detailed the Top 10 “serious” violations – those with a high probability of death or serious injury – and Top 10 “willful” violations – those in which safety rules were intentionally ignored or regarded with indifference – for FY2019. Both overlapped significantly with the violations on the overall “most cited” list.

Struggling with navigating safety rules? In his speech at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in September 2019, Patrick Kapust, Deputy Director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, emphasized OSHA’s willingness to help employers resolve questions, better protecting workers while also curbing violations. The answer is simple: “contact OSHA,” he said.

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