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Top Ten Cited OSHA Safety Violations

Avoid these commonc safety violations


OSHA’s top 10 cited violations are almost identical year after year. On this article, we present a link to OSHA’s regulation, and a quick description of the violation or areas susceptible where the cited violation can occur. This article is not intended to be a safety program, nor a safety compliance checklist; it is only a glimpse of some of the most common citations and violations found by OSHA’s inspectors. Do not put in risk your employee's life avoiding these common safety violations.


1. Scaffolding

By CompuJeramy
1926.451 – Scaffolding

Scaffold violations often occur when walking surfaces fail to resist the load that it is handling, in these case construction workers. This item also includes debris falling out from plank surfaces.

2. Fall Protection

By Assemble Chemical Weapons Alternatives

1926.501 – Fall Protection

Fall protection is needed when the construction worker is at a height of four feet or more.  Important: there are other industries where the maximum unprotected height of a worker is more than 4 feet.

3. HazCom

By Nadya Peek
1910.1200 – HazCom

Mislabeling and the absence of the safety data sheet are among top violations in the construction industry. Remember is a good practice to train your employees and identify every product that you have.

4. Respiratory Protection

By Modery
1910.134 – Respiratory Protection

Fumes, toxic, gases and vapors, are a problem in the construction industry. Sometimes we are risking too much instead of providing protection for all employees, like dust masks, or respirators with disposable filters; but remember each respirator has its own set of cautions, limitations, and restrictions of use.

5. Ladders

By NateOne
1926.1053 – Ladders

 Accountable for eight percent of all labor associated deaths. Ladders and their complex requirements are becoming one of the major concerns in the US, due to the mishandling and failure to achieve safety. Ladders grab bars, rail extensions, harness and personal protection must be worn all the time to avoid accidents.

6. Lockout-Tagout

By Octal
1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout

LOTO- ‘Lockout-Tag out’ is a specific practice to avoid the start-up of an equipment or machinery while it is being serviced. A lock must be visible to all employees, locking the power source of the equipment. The tag must also be visible showing that the equipment must not be used until the maintenance or procedure has been finished. This system is also available to use with various contractors working at the same time on the same equipment, each one of them with a folding scissors clamp that has many padlock holes capable of holding it closed. Each subcontractor applies their own padlock and it cannot be activated until all workers have signed off on the clamp.

7. Electrical Wiring

By JoeBeOne
1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods

 Electrical hazards include insulation, incomplete circuit devices, mislabeled circuits components, current conductivity, overhead lines, proper grounding, accidental start-ups and personal protection must be closely watched for any kind of violation.

8. Power Industrial Trucks

By Elsie Esq.
1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks

Typically occurring in forklifts and similar equipment. Train your employees, to learn about the equipment’s load, what to do when the truck is going to tip over, get to know the speed limitation for each equipment and the seat belt requirements.

9. Electrical General Requirements

By Mat_The_W
1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements

 General violations not covered under section 1910.305. Special attention to circuit breakers, connection of equipment, power cords, circuit identification, inspection of electrical equipment to name a few.

10. Machine Guarding

By InfraredHorseBite
1910.212 – Machine Guarding

Any machine part that might harm your employees must be protected. You must safeguard: Point of operation, power transmission and other moving parts. Prevent contact, protect from falling objects and provide secure safeguard to moving machinery parts.

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