Patrick Kapust, OSHA's deputy director, directorate of enforcement programs, announced the preliminary results for OSHA’s Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for 2018 at the National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo on October 23rd in Houston, Texas. The announcement was made to a packed room of attendees who were eager to hear the areas in which employers in the U.S. have been failing when it comes to workplace safety.
Kapust emphasized that the data he delivered at the NSC Congress only included citations through Sept. 30, 2018, so the number of violations may change by the end of the year. He encouraged employers to use the list as a guide for what they should look at in their workplace. While many of the violation scenarios which collectively make up the list may not be applicable to any one facility, the Top 10 list can still be used to spur on targeted safety evaluations.
The list involves two primary factors; the current national safety climate by hazard category, and the attention that regulators may be giving to specific regulation. For stakeholders, both factors should be important enough to garner attention and action. If the list drives employers to evaluate and correct, then the weight of these two factors may be more academic and less practical.
The year-to-year rankings for OSHA’s most-cited violations don’t usually vary greatly, but there was a newcomer: No. 10 “Eye and Face Protection” (1926.102), a construction standard, appeared on the Top 10 Violations list for the first time. It replaced electrical wiring methods (29 CFR 1910.305) which took the #10 spot in 2017.
OSHA’s Top 10 Violations for 2018* are:
Fall Protection – General Requirements
Number of Violations: 7,270
Number of Violations: 4,552
Number of Violations: 3,336
Number of Violations: 3,118
Number of Violations: 2,944
Number of Violations: 2,812
Powered Industrial Trucks
Number of Violations: 2,294
Fall Protection – Training Requirements
Number of Violations: 1,982
Number of Violations: 1,972
Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection
Number of Violations: 1,536
* The list includes citations through Sept. 30, 2018.