Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases a list of the 10 most common citations given by its inspectors for workplace safety code violations. OSHA releases this list of citations because the administration hopes that employers make changes in the workplace to protect their employees from serious injuries and death.
This list of common violations is important because too many preventable deaths and injuries happen each day in the American workplace. This data set comes from citations from October 1st, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
For 2018, the most common citations handed out by OSHA include:
- Fall protection at construction sites
- Improper hazard communications
- Scaffolding safety violations
- Respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy violations
- Construction site ladder safety violations
- Powered industrial truck (forklift) violations
- Fall protection training
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Eye and face protection
Why OSHA Is Vital for Reducing Workplace Fatalities
While some employers may view OSHA requirements as tedious and expensive, they exist for valid reasons. Before the government created OSHA in 1970, the American workplace was facing a health crisis. After nearly 100 years of industrial growth, government leaders realized that the integrity of the massive United States economy depends on the well-being of the workers who made it so successful.
While worker fatalities have improved since the earliest days of the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution, serious injuries and fatalities are still occurring at an alarming rate. In 1970, about 38 workers died each day in the United States. As of the most recent statistics from 2017, OSHA estimates that its regulations have helped lower the fatality rate at American jobs to about 14 each day. The organization also advertises that it has lowered the injury and illness rate of United States workers from 10.9 per 100 to 2.8 per 100 over the last four decades of its existence.