NSC & OSHA Announce FY 2019 Most Cited Violations

The National Safety Council Learning Lab was standing room only as the Congress and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the NSC Congress & Expo in San Diego, the world's largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) tops this year's list for the ninth consecutive year. Meanwhile, Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), a newcomer to last year's list, remains in the No. 10 spot.

"Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job," said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "The OSHA Top 10 list is a helpful guide for understanding just how adept America's businesses are in complying with the basic rules of workplace safety. This list should serve as a challenge for us to do better as a nation and expect more from employers. It should also serve as a catalyst for individual employees to re-commit to safety."

The Top 10 for FY 2019* are:

1. Fall Protection - General Requirements (6,010 violations)
2. Hazard Communication (3,671 violations)
3. Scaffolding (2,813 violations)
4. Lockout/Tagout (2,606 violations)
5. Respiratory Protection (2,450 violations)
6. Ladders (2,345 violations)
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (2,093 violations)
8. Fall Protection - Training Requirements (1,773 violations)
9. Machine Guarding (1,743 violations)
10. Eye & Face Protection (1,411 violations)

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Sydny Shepard is the Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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