Top 10 OSHA Violations

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) specifies safety qualifications that must be satisfied on a job site, including job site security precautions, training and education, and what protective gear in must be used in the field. OSHA has many requirements and resources training resources to ensure safe job sites. Despite OSHA’s resources, there are violations every year. We have rounded up the top 10 most frequent OSHA violations.


  1. Fall Protection
    • These violations include failing to guard edges and open sites to prevent workers from falling.
  2. Hazard Communication
    • Employers that use hazardous chemicals must have a written hazard communication program. Employers are also required to label all containers and provide safety data sheets and training to employees.
  3. Scaffolding
    • These violations include issues with scaffold construction, employee access to scaffolding surfaces and lack of guardrails.
  4. Respiratory Protection
    • Violations include failing to have a written respiratory protection program and failing to conduct required medical examinations for workers who use respirators.
  5. Lockout/Tagout
    • Lockout/tagout procedures are meant to safeguard employees when machinery starts up unexpectedly or when hazardous energy is released during maintenance activities. Failing to train workers or conduct periodic inspections account for many violations.
  6. Ladders
    • Improper use of ladders are some of the most frequent violations on a job site.
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
    • Forklift drivers must be trained, certified and reevaluated ever three years. Improper forklift use and training account for many violations.
  8. Machine Guarding
    • Machine guarding is meant to protect workers from point-of-operation hazards and dangers caused by ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Point-of-operation hazards account for most violations.
  9. Fall Protection Training Requirements
    • OSHA establishes rules for training workers on fall protection. All workers must be educated and trained on the latest OSHA regulations.
  10. Electric Wiring Methods
    • Faulty electrical wiring methods, including improper use of extension cords, are typically a top violation.
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