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OSHA Reveals Top Violations for 2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection—general requirements taking first place and one standard making its first appearance.

"Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day."

OSHA’s Top 10 Violations

  1. Fall protection—general requirements, with 7,270 violations;
  2. Hazard communication, with 4,552 violations;
  3. Scaffolds—general requirements, with 3,336 violations;
  4. Respiratory protection, with 3,118 violations;
  5. Lockout/tagout, with 2,944 violations;
  6. Ladders, with 2,812 violations;
  7. Powered industrial trucks, with 2,294 violations;
  8. Fall protection—training requirements, with 1,982 violations;
  9. Machine guarding, with 1,972 violations; and
  10. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection, with 1,536 violations.
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Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall protection—general requirements taking first place and one standard making its first appearance.

2017 Report

In comparison with last year’s report, personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection took the place of electrical—wiring methods at No. 10. Like the 2016 and 2017 Top 10 OSHA violation reports, the top five positions have remained the same.

“Year after year, our inspectors see thousands of the same on-the-job hazards, any one of which could result in a fatality or severe injury," Thomas Galassi, then OSHA’s director of enforcement programs, wrote in 2016.

   

Tagged categories: Health and safety; OSHA; OSHA; Regulations; Safety; Violations

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (11/8/2018, 11:33 AM)

Man alive, what an utterly sad comment: "Like the 2016 and 2017 Top 10 OSHA violation reports, the top five positions have remained the same." Fall protection and RPE in the top five yet again. I guess we still have too many folks for whom "it'll only take a sec" is worth the risk of never coming home again. There are also too many who figure they are safe unless they get knocked down then and there by what's in the air (in spite of the fact the occupational lung disease is still the number one killer of workers long term...my local workplace health and safety publication is full of obituaries, of which 95+ percent are related to occupational exposures that could have been mitigated by proper RPE...asbestosis, mesothelioma, silicosis, chronic solvent exposures and so on). I think more folks need to live by the skydiving mantra of "if in doubt, whip it out"...it's better to wear the PPE and be overly safe, then not and be dead.


Comment from Tony Rangus, (11/9/2018, 11:04 AM)

I agree, utterly sad comment. I live in a very rural area in the mountains of Idaho. Like Boise, we are seeing a housing boom. When I meet men & women who comment they are doing home building, I always ask that when the are working off grade whether they are tied-off. Sadly so far, 100% say no and offer some pretty lame excuses. The lamest occurred three days ago. Standing in line at our small grocery store a young man commented how he was working on a roof which was covered in ice/frost. I asked if he was tied-off. After a look of severe indignation, he sail "hell no". I asked why, and his response was, he had seen too many workers being tied-off who slipped and the safety rope got wrapped around their necks and they hung themselves. I was startled by the response. I wonder how many times this has actually happened. My feeling is these folks do not want to take the time or spend the money on safety gear, or be laughed at by others.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (11/12/2018, 8:45 AM)

Tony - that story sounds an awful lot like the "justifications" for not wearing a seat belt. "In a wreck, I want to be thrown free!" Sad.


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