2018 Top 10 OSHA Violations News & Opinion

Top 10 OSHA Violations For 2018

Every year, OSHA gives us some insight into the violations they cite each year. Their fiscal year runs October to September, so we get the results for the year a little earlier than you might think. Even so, these are preliminary results, so they may change slightly. If you’re playing the 2018 Top 10 OSHA Violations game at home, Vegas is setting the odds in favor of some usual suspects.

Drum roll, please…


2018 Top 10 OSHA Violations

10 – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,536 violations

9 – Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,972 violations

8 – Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,982 violations

7 – Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,294 violations

6 – Ladders (1926.1053): 2,812 violations

5 – Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,944 violations

4 – Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,118 violations

3 – Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,336 violations

2 – Hazard Communication: 4,552 violations

1 – Fall Protection – General Requirements: 7,270 violations


There are a couple of realities worth noting here. First, taking a look at the 2018 OSHA Top 10 violations really is a good place to start your own job site evaluation. It also allows us to scratch the itch of curiosity to see what companies are getting dinged for.

At the bottom, Eye and Face Protection takes over and drops Electrical Wiring Methods from the top 10. The other 9 are the same as last year with Machine Guarding and Fall Protection Training swapping positions.

Since I’m sure you’re dying for some more stats, here’s a few more to chew on.

  • Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017Total violations in the Top 10 are up 16.2%
    • 27,369 violations in 2017
    • 31,816 violations in 2018
  • Respiratory Protection: 0.7% increase
  • Scaffolding: 1.5% increase
  • Machine Guarding: 2.0% increase
  • Lockout/Tagout: 2.3% increase
  • Powered Industrial Trucks: 6.1% increase
  • Hazard Communication: 9.0% increase
  • Fall Protection: 19.7% increase
  • Ladders: 25.5% increase
  • Fall Protection Training: 30.1% increase


Clearly, there’s a heavy focus on fall protection along with working at height when you throw in ladders and scaffolding. Those 4 fall/height categories account for 15,400 violations on their own or 48.4%.

It’s also interesting to see the top 10 show a 16.2% increase overall. Is it a heavier focus on the top violations, more enforcement, or are we as an industry just ignoring the regulations that much blatantly?

So there you have it – the 2018 OSHA Top 10 Violations. Now that you know, tell us what you think in the comments below!

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Domenic Santarelli

Domenic Santarelli