OSHA's most-cited violations typically vary little from year-to-year, and fall protection — general requirements continues to top the list for the agency in 2019. It is the ninth consecutive year the general requirements category of fall protection was OSHA's most-cited violation. Other construction-related categories, including ladder safety and fall protection — training requirements, featured in the agency's top 10 most-cited violations in 2019, Safety+Health Magazine reports.
Most-cited violations, fiscal year 2019
1. Fall Protection — General Requirements
Total Violations: 7,014
This standard outlines where fall protection is required, which systems are appropriate for given situations, the proper construction and installation of safety systems, and the proper supervision of employees to prevent falls. It's designed to protect employees on walking/working surfaces (horizontal or vertical) with an unprotected side or edge above 6 feet.
Total Violations: 2,766
This standard covers general requirements for all ladders.
8. Fall Protection — Training Requirements
Total Violations: 2,059
This standard addresses training requirements for employers in regards to fall protection.