OSHA reveals its Top 10 list for FY 2018 violations

By: Rachel Krubsack

Publication: Employee Safety Training Advisor

Date Posted: 12/10/2018

OSHA Most Cited Violations of 2018

OSHA traditionally releases its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health standards at the end of each fiscal year (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). Using preliminary data (as available on October 23, 2018), Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the list for FY 2018 at the National Safety Council Congress and Exposition in Houston on October 23, 2018.

New to the top ten list this year is personal protective equipment (PPE) - eye and face protection (1926.102), which is the tenth most frequently cited violation, replacing electrical wiring methods from FY 2017. The complete list is as follows:

Rank & Standard CFR Section

No. of FY 2018 Citations

FY 2017 Rank & No. of Citations
1.  Fall protection – General requirements 1926.501 7,270 1.  6,072
2.  Hazard Communication 1910.1200 4,552 2.  4,176
3.  Scaffolds – General requirements 1926.451 3,336 3.  3,288
4.  Respiratory Protection 1910.134 3,118 4.  3,097
5.  Lockout/Tagout 1910.147 2,944 5.  2,877
6.  Ladders 1926.1053 2,812 6.  2,241
7.  Powered Industrial Trucks 1910.178 2,294 7.  2,152
8.  Fall Protection – Training 1926.503 1,982 9.  1,523
9.  Machine Guarding 1910.212 1,972 8.  1,933
10.  Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection 1926.102 1,536 Not listed
FY 2017 Electrical: Wiring methods 1910.305 Not listed 10.  1,405

About the author
Rachel Krubsack - EH&S Editor

Rachel researches and creates content on a variety of workplace safety topics, including hearing conservation, training requirements, bloodborne pathogens, emergency action plans, lockout/tagout, and hazard communication.

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