American OSHA Workplace

American OSHA Workplace

Sep 08, 2020

At the 2019 U.S. Security Council Convention and Exposition, OSHA released the results of the top ten most frequently cited standards for all industry violations to which OSHA standards apply. In 2019, OSHA issued nearly 27,000 subpoenas in its top 10 categories.


"Knowing how workers were injured can go A long way toward keeping them safe," said Deborah A.P.Hersman, the NSC's chairwoman and chief executive. "OSHA's top 10 lists areas that need to be vigilant to ensure that everyone gets home safely every day."

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's enforcement Planning agency, said the results have not changed much over the years. While it may feel like a broken record played over and over again, it's really an opportunity for employers to change their view of workplace safety by proactively identifying hazards and training employees to work safely.


Cappster advises business owners and employers to take a simple approach when reviewing the list of violations. "Take the list out," Says Cappster. "Take your own workplace off the list. "These are the kinds of things THAT OSHA is discovering." Will they find this in my workplace? This is a good place to start. "


Here are the most frequently cited OSHA compliance standards during 2019. The list doesn't change much from year to year, and the list always includes architectural (1926) and general industrial (1910) standards.


There is only one slight difference from last year's list. The no. 5 Lockout/Tagout of 2018 climbed one place to no. 4, swapping places with respiratory protection.

1. Fall protection 1926.501


Over the past few years, fall protection has been the most cited violation. Fall protection standards are designed to prevent falls, which account for only about 40% of deaths in the construction industry. Not surprisingly, most falls occur in residential workplaces, where there is little oversight of fall-prevention requirements.

In order to prevent fall injuries and deaths, it is essential that employers provide workers with guardrail systems, safety nets or personal fall prevention systems when working at height. In addition to providing appropriate fall protection, employers should also be responsible for ensuring that all employees are trained on the proper use of fall protection and know when to use it.


OSHA has established requirements requiring employers to provide fall-proof protection for workers working on unstable surfaces or in workplaces with unprotected sides and edges. Employers may provide fall prevention training by competent personnel, or they may wish their workers to complete construction training courses covering fall hazards and prevention at the regional OSHA Training Institute education Center.


The most commonly cited parts of the fall protection standard include: residential buildings, unprotected sides or edges, roofing works, and floor holes including skylights.