Top 10 OSHA Violations

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What are the top 10 OSHA violations?


The image below outlines the top 10 violations of OSHA from 2018. 


  1. Fall Protection (29 CFR 1926.501) This refers to incidents where fall protection has not been used where necessary. This is often most required in the construction industry.
  2. Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200) There is a duty to communicate information to employee on any toxic and hazardous substances. This means the substances are classified, and concerns related to them are clearly communicated.
  3. Scaffolding (29 CFR 1926.451) This violation relates to the construction industry, and occurs when the scaffold fails to support its own weight plus the weight of its people, or tipping due to unbalanced materials being used on here.
  4. Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) This violated OSHA standards as employees breath in contaminated air, fog, dust, fumes, smoke, or spray. 
  5. Lockout / Tag out (29 CFR 1910.147) This refers to failing to lock machines, resulting in them re-energizing. This could lead to the harm of employees.
  6. Ladders (29 CFR 1926.1053) Violation of OSHA standards with ladders failing to support the required load.  This is inclusive of portable ladders, and job-made ladders.
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (29 CFR 1910.178) Violating OSHA by failing to abide by the safety requirements related to fire protection maintenance and use of trucks, forklifts or motorized hand trucks.
  8. Fall Protection - Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) This refers to employers failing to provide adequate training relating to how to protect yourself from falling in the workplace. This includes going over procedures to follow if you fall or if you see another employee fall.
  9. Machine Guarding (29 CFR 1910.212) This could refer to using barrier guards to protect a machine from being accessed, or could mean the guard is aiming to stop parts flying off the machine to other parts of a workshop, such as sparks or chips of material.
  10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102) This refers to the employer violating the standards of OSHA by not providing workers with appropriate protection from radiation, liquid chemicals, gases or acids that could potentially result in injures to the face or eyes.


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