The top 10 OSHA violations of the year were announced at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo. The list, which is based on citations through September 30, was revealed on Oct. 23 in Houston by Patrick Kapust, OSHA’s deputy director, directorate of enforcement programs. “We like to encourage employers to use it as a guide as to what they should look at in their workplace,” said Kapust.

This list of top OSHA violations typically changes very little from year to year, and 2018 has been no exception. Fall Protection – Training Requirements and Machine Guarding swapped spots at number 8 and 9 compared to the 2017 list. The lone newcomer this year is #10, Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection, with 1,536 violations. It bumped last year’s #10, Electrical – Wiring Methods, off the list.

Here’s the top 10 OSHA violations list for 2018:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements:  7,270 Violations
Standard: 1926.501

2. Hazard Communication:  4,552 Violations
Standard: 1910.200

3. Scaffolds – General Requirements:  3,336 Violations
Standard: 1926.451

4. Respiratory Protection:  4,552 Violations
Standard: 1910.134

5. Lockout/Tagout:  2,944 Violations
Standard: 1910.147

6. Ladders:  2,812 Violations
Standard: 1926.1053

7. Powered Industrial Trucks:  2,294 Violations
Standard: 1910.178

8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements:  1,982 Violations
Standard: 1926.503

9. Machine Guarding:  1,972 Violations
Standard: 1910.212

10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection, 1,536 Violations
Standard: 1926.95

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