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OSHA’s Top 10 Violations Were Up 10% From 2017

In the top 10 violation categories alone, OSHA issued 31,816 citations last year. That’s up more than 10% from 2017, and every single category saw an increase. Most of these are well-known hazards, yet companies are still not in compliance. Are you certain you’re taking the proper safety precautions to pass an OSHA inspection?

Hellman & Associates’ COMPLIANCEAction Assessment identifies gaps in your program and training, and our ASSUREDComplianceSM partnership guarantees you meet regulatory requirements across OSHA, EPA, FMCSA / DOT, and state and local agencies–meaning if you incur a citation for something we should have managed, we pay it.

OSHA’s Top 10 of 2018

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 7,270 violations up from 6,072 in 2017
  2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,552 violations up from 4,176 in 2017
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 3,336 violations up from 3,288 in 2017
  4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,336 violations up from 3,097 in 2017 
  5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.134) 2,944 violations up from 2,877 in 2017 
  6. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,812 violations up from 2,241 in 2017 
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,294 violations up from 2,162 in 2017 
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements 1,982 violations up from 1,523 in 2017 
  9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 1,972 violations up from 1,933 in 2017
  10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) 1,536 violations New to the Top 10 in 2018

The ROI of Risk Reduction

“Various studies show $1 invested in injury prevention returns between $2-6.” -Safety and Health Magazine

Fines are just one of the expense factors associated with safety incidents. Other costs range from medical to administrative to loss in productivity–and an enduring cost–the increase to your Workers’ Compensation modifier, which will increase your premium for years to come if you experience a workplace injury.