2018 OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations Part 2

Dec 11, 2018

At the 2018 National Safety Congress, OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations of the year were announced.

OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards, so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up.

To view a recap of the top 5 OSHA violations for 2018, click here.

Let’s dive right in. The following is a list is the first half of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by federal OSHA, along with safety tips and various ways to protect workers as stated by osha.gov.

6. Ladders

Falls from ladders are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

7. Powered Industrial Trucks

Determining the best way to protect workers from injury largely depends on the type of truck operated and the worksite where it is being used. Employers must ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified in 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(1).

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements

Similar to #6 ladders and protecting against fall protection, OSHA requires employers to:

  • Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
  • Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
  • Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.
  • Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand.


9. Machine Guarding– General Requirement

Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled. This page contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers. View additional resources for machine guarding.

10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection

Thousands of people are blinded each year from work-related eye injuries that could have been prevented with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection. Eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation.

OSHA requires employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.

View the first half of the list of Top 10 citations here.


Curious to see how 2018 compares to 2017 violations? Here are the top 10 most cited violations for 2017.

1. Fall Protection (1926.501)

2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

3. Scaffolding (1926.451)

4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

5. Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

6. Ladders (1926.1053)

7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

8. Machine Guarding– General Requirement (1910.212)

9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)

How can businesses better prepare themselves to reduce and alleviate these top 5 citations?

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