OSHA Releases Top 10 Safety Violations for 2018

At the National Safety Council’s 2018 Congress & Expo in Houston last October, OSHA released its most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2018.

Not surprisingly, fall protection continues to top the list, but notably, Eye and Face Protection replaced Electrical (Wiring Methods) for the number 10 spot. The list underscores the necessity for appropriate training and PPE for construction tasks involving scaffolding, ladders and machinery. Lockout/Tagout procedures continue to be a perennial hazard.

“Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe,” said NSC CEO Deborah Hersman. “The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day.”

The top 10 for FY 2018 are:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements(501), 7,270 violations
  2. Hazard Communication(1200), 4,552
  3. Scaffolding(451), 3,336
  4. Respiratory Protection(134), 3,118
  5. Lockout/Tagout(147), 2944
  6. Ladders(1053), 2812
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks(178), 2,294
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements(503), 1.982
  9. Machine Guarding(212), 1,972, and
  10. Eye and Face Protection(102), 1,536.

Also of note is the impact the recent government shutdown will have on the agency. OSHA has reported that a contingency plan is in place, whereby the agency will continue to staff enough personnel to respond to the most significant workplace emergencies, including workplace fatalities and catastrophes as well as employee complaints related to hazards that present a high risk of death or serious physical harm.

For more information and compliance advice, contact our offices at Diversified Safety Services.




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