Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in 2019


1.) Fall Protection - General Requirements 1926.501 

Historically, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction, accounting for about one-third of all fatalities in the industry. Employers must assess the workplace to determine if walking or working surfaces have the necessary strength and structural integrity to safely support workers.



2.) Hazard Communication 1910.1200 

The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard is intended to ensure exposed workers and their employers are informed of the identities of hazardous chemicals, associated health and safety hazards, and appropriate protective measures. The standard covers over 43 million workers who produce or handle hazardous chemicals in more than five million workplaces across the country.



3.) Scaffolding - General Requirements 1926.451

According to the OSHA, 65 percent of workers employed in the construction industry work on scaffolds frequently. Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents by assuring the scaffolds are in compliance with OSHA standards can prevent roughly 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths every year.



4.) Control of Hazardous Energy - Lockout/Tagout 1910.147

Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal! Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others.



5.) Respiratory Protection 1910.134

OSHA requires employers to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program for situations in which permissible exposure limits (PELs) of airborne contaminants are exceeded, or when the employer or work site requires the use of respirators by employees.



6.) Ladders 1926.1053 

Ladder accidents usually occur when ladders are used outside the manufacturer’s recommendation. The main factors that lead to injuries are a lack of training and a disregard for safe ladder practices.



7.) Powered Industrial Trucks 1910.178

The Power Industrial Truck regulation (which includes forklifts, lift trucks and jacks) requires all workers who use and operate a Powered Industrial Truck to be trained and certified in order to minimize the number of accidents, injuries and deaths associated with Powered Industrial Trucks.



8.) Fall Protection – Training Requirements 1926.503 

OSHA regulations require anyone going up heights 6 feet or higher to be trained on Fall Protection and the training has to be certified by a competent person.



9.) Machine Guarding – General Requirement 1910.212  

Moving machine parts create workplace hazards and potential machinery-related injuries,
making machine guards vitally important.



10.) Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment –
Eye and Face Protection 1926.102 

Protecting the eyes and face from hazards like flying debris, chips, dust, splashes, extreme heat and light radiation is extremely important. You only get one set of eyes and when injured, recovery can be very lengthy and costly.




Not sure what safety training you need?

Following an effective safety and health training program leads to fewer workplace injuries and claims, better worker morale, and lower insurance premiums for employers. Contact us today, and we’ll help get you started on a safety plan to fit you and your organization.

800.971.1080 |


 Subscribe to our mailing list to receive more helpful safety resources!