Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2019 Released

The annual Top 10 list of most cited OSHA violations for 2019 has been revealed at the annual National Safety Council Congress and Expo, and not much has changed since last year.

For the ninth year in a row, Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) comes in at the top of the list with 6,010 citations. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) moved up one place to fourth with 2,606 violations and Respiratory Protection (1910.134) dropped to fifth with 2,450 citations.

Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), which was new to 2018’s list, remained in the 10th spot on the 2019 list with 1,411 violations.

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 6,010
2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 3,671
3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 2,813
4. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 2,606
5. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 2,450
6. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,345
7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,093
8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) 1,773
9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 1,743
10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) 1,411

“Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job,” Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO, said in a news release. “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.”

This list is based off of preliminary figures as of August 15, 2019.