Feb 13, 2019

OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA for short, has released its 2018 list of the most commonly cited standards. These were determined following worksite inspection by federal OSHA. This list is important for third party OSHA contractors and the HSE professionals who manage their compliance documents, because each of these are easily preventable fines and injuries with the proper compliance software. Making sure your contractors have the proper certifications and documents is essential for any compliant hiring organization and the process doesn't need to be complicated.


If you manage your contractors with spreadsheets in excel, you should consider modernizing that process. It will save your company time, money and headaches, not to mention you'll be ready to ace your next audit.

1. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

2. Hazard communication standard, general industry (29 CFR 1910.1200) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

4. Respiratory protection, general industry (29 CFR 1910.134) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

5. Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry (29 CFR 1910.147) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

6. Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

7. Powered industrial trucks, general industry (29 CFR 1910.178) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

8. Fall Protection–Training Requirements (29 CFR 1926.503) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

9. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements (29 CFR 1910.212) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

10. Eye and Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102) [related OSHA Safety and Health Topics page]

About the Author

Addison Moore
Director of Marketing at Contractor Compliance

Addison has spent the last four years learning from and participating in the Health & Safety community. He has travelled to numerous EHS conferences, trade shows and events with the intention of helping organizations with their contractor management programs. Addison is also responsible for curating the collection of white papers, case studies and eBooks that provide real world insights into the workforce safety space.

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