The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) announced its list of the agency's top 10 violations for fiscal year 2018 during the National Safety Congress & Expo. The list includes two categories that have not previously hit the top 10.
The list was announced by Patrick Kapust, OSHA's deputy director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs. Kapust gave the list of violations in reverse order and included the violated regulation and the number of violations based on preliminary data.
The top 10 violations are as follows:
10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection: 1926.102, with 1,536 violations
9. Machine Guarding: 1926.212, with 1,972 violations
8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements: 1926.503, with 1,982 violations
7. Powered Industrial Trucks: 1910.178, with 2,294 violations
6. Ladders: 1926.1053, with 2,812 violations
5. Lockout/Tagout: 1910.147, with 2,944 violations
4. Respiratory Protection: 1910.134, with 3,118 violations
3. Scaffolds—General Requirements: 1926.451, with 3,336 violations
2. Hazard Communication: 1910.1200, with 4,552 violations
1. Fall Protection—General Requirements: 1926.501, with 7,720 violations
According to Kapust, FY 2018 is the first time that Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Equipment and Fall Protection—Training Requirements have appeared in the list of top 10 violations.
The top 10 violations accounted for an estimated total of 32,266 violations, based on preliminary data for FY 2018. Kapust explained that these numbers were only for the federal agency and did not include violations found by state enforcement agencies.