Just In: OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations for 2019


Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the preliminary Top 10 list of workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2019 at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in San Diego yesterday. For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) topped the OSHA list of most frequently cited workplace safety violations.

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The rankings for OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations varied little from last year (2018) with only one minor adjustment. Lockout/Tagout, which ranked fifth in FY 2018, climbed one spot to No. 4, trading places with Respiratory Protection. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102), a newcomer to last year’s list, remains in the No. 10 spot.

“Look at your own workplace and see where you can find solutions,” Kapust said during his presentation of the list. “These are common violations. They’ve been around for a while. The answers are out there.”

The Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for FY 2019 are:


“Far too many preventable injuries and deaths occur on the job,” said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “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.”

Finalized data, along with a more in-depth look at the Top 10 violations for 2019, will be published in the December edition of the National Safety Council’s Safety+Health magazine.



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