By the Numbers : Business as Usual for OSHA

According to initial data from OSHA, workplace inspections under the Trump administration in the fiscal year 2018 are about the same as in the final year of the Obama administration. OSHA has conducted 32,020 inspections in 2018, down approximately 1% from the fiscal year 2017.

OSHA also recently announced the Top Ten violation list for the fiscal year of 2018 which is reflected below from 10 to 1.

10. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection.
9. Machine Guarding
8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements
7. Powered Industrial Trucks
6. Ladders
5. Lockout/Tagout
4. Respiratory Protection
3. Scaffolds—General Requirements
2. Hazard Communication
1. Fall Protection—General Requirements

Although Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection made the list for the first time, the others represent the usual suspects with the top five violations remaining unchanged for the fourth straight year and Fall Protection – General requirements the most frequently cited standard for the eighth consecutive year.

The Top 10 list remains a good place to start for the employers taking efforts to identify hazards in their own workplace.

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