As we close out an unprecedented 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again published their Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the last fiscal year. While the list varies little from year to year, it remains an excellent opportunity to review areas construction companies and general industry facilities struggle with and allows you to identify potential weaknesses in your own company’s safety program. The end of the year is a great time to assess where your program is currently and where you would like to go with it. 

Below is OSHA’s Top 10 list and a brief summary of the common citations. Conduct a safety meeting using our toolbox talk to raise awareness of these violations and hopefully prevent injuries. RETTEW’s group of safety professionals are ready to assist should you have concerns about any of these areas. Please contact Kelly Kramer, CECD, HEM, at 800.738.8395 for more information.

2019 OSHA Top 10 Violations List

1. Fall Protection, General Requirements – 1926.501

  • Tops the list for the ninth consecutive year with 6,010 violations.
  • Designed to protect employees from falling while walking/working on elevated surfaces.
  • Outlines when fall protection is required, various selection options, construction and installation requirements, proper use, and necessary training.

2. Hazard Communication – 1910.1200

  • Consistently in the top three with 3,671 violations last year.
  • Addresses chemical hazards produced and imported into the workplace.
  • Helps communicate the chemicals workers may use, the degree of hazard for each chemical, and how to adequately protect employees.

3. Scaffolding – 1926.451

  • Remains the third most common citation with 2,813.
  • Protects employees who set up and work on many scaffolding types.
  • Covers general safety requirements, such as design and load requirements, worker falls and falling objects, electrical distances, and inspections.

4. Lock-Out/Tag-Out – 1910.147

  • Moved up one spot from last year with 2,606 violations.
  • Protects employees who work on or in the area surrounding many hazardous energy source types (e.g., electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc.).
  • Requires employers to identify the types and magnitudes of energy at their workplace, methods to control hazardous energy during equipment servicing or maintenance, and procedures to follow.

5. Respiratory Protective Equipment – 1910.134

  • Dropped one slot with 2,450 violations (Note: Leader to date for 2020 due to COVID-19).
  • Addresses the requirements for users of many types of respiratory protection, including N95 particulate facepieces.
  • Provides the necessary components for a written program and requirements for a program administrator; respirator selection; employee training; medical evaluations; fit testing; and respirator inspection, use, and cleaning.

6. Ladders – 1926.1053

  • Unchanged from last year with 2,345 violations.
  • General requirements for different ladder types, including inspection, use, and training.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) – 1910.178

  • Remains in the seventh spot with 2,093 violations.
  • Requirements for users of all forklift types.
  • Defines a powered industrial truck inspection, maintenance, operation, and operator training requirements.

8. Fall Protection Training – 1926.503

  • Unchanged from last year’s eighth spot with additional violations at 1,773.
  • Addresses fall protection training requirements for the leading cause of death in the construction industry.

9. Machine Guarding – 1910.212

  • Remains in the ninth spot with 1,969 violations.
  • Protects workers from at least two of the leading four causes of death: caught in/between and struck by/against equipment or machinery.
  • Covers machine guarding options and installation requirements.

10. Eye and Face Protection – 1926.102

  • In the tenth spot again with 1,411 violations.
  • Addresses protective equipment selection and use for workers potentially exposed to eye or face hazards such as flying particles and chemicals.

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