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The 10 Most-Cited Safety Violations According to OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps track of violations committed by contractors, site owners, workers, etc. on worksites, and has published a list of the most common violations every year since 2015.

The most recent list, covering data collected from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, is notably similar to last year’s list – eight of the top violations make a return, and the top four on this year’s list have been included in every list since 2015. This list may change as this preliminary information is updated, and the final list can be found on the OSHA site once it’s published.

  1. Inadequate Fall Protection (7,270 Violations)
  2. Poor Hazard Communication (4,552 Violations)
  3. Improper Use of Scaffolding (3,336 Violations)
  4. Failure to Provide Adequate Respiratory Protection (3,118 Violations)
  5. Improper Use/Failure to Use Lockout or Tagout Devices (2,944 Violations)
  6. Improper Use of Ladders (2,812 Violations)
  7. Improper Use of Powered Industrial Trucks (2,294 Violations)
  8. Failure to Provide Adequate Fall Prevention Training (1,982 Violations)
  9. Failure to Adequately Protect Workers from Machines (1,972 Violations)
  10. Lack of Face and Eye Protection (1,536 Violations)

Ensuring that workers remain safe while on the job is one of, if not the most important job of a contractor or site owner. Failure to adhere to basic safety standards puts people’s lives at risk, and causes countless serious injuries every single year. If you were seriously injured on the job because of unsafe working conditions, then you may be able to take legal action to secure the compensation you deserve. Call The Perecman Firm at (212) 577-9325 today to discuss your case with one of our New York City construction accident lawyers, or send us your information through our online form for a free case evaluation.


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