Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2018

by David Tullis, on Jul 1, 2019 12:30:00 PM

TIPs_OSHA_TOP_10_ViolationsIn 2018, OSHA issued 2,294 violations to businesses that violated its regulations for powered industrial trucks - including forklifts. The average fine varied by industry, but ranged from $2500, up to $4500+.

Read on to learn about how to prevent tragic accidents and expensive OSHA fines. This article will cover:

  • The top 10 OSHA violations of 2018
  • Maximum fines for OSHA violations in 2019
  • The most common forklift-related OSHA violations
  • How the right forklift can protect workers and your business


Here are OSHA's top 10 most-cited violations from 2018. Industrial truck citations, such as allowing unlicensed forklift operators to operate forklifts, came in at #7. 

  1. Fall Protection (General Requirements) - 1926.501
  2. Hazard Communication - 1910.1200
  3. Scaffolding - 1926.451
  4. Respiratory Protection - 1910.134
  5. Lockout/Tagout - 1910.147
  6. Ladders - 1926.1053
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks - 1910.178
  8. Fall Protection (Training Requirements) - 1926.503
  9. Machine Guarding - 1910.212
  10. Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment - 1926.102


The Top 3 OSHA Violations Related to Forklifts

Refresher training - 1910.178(l)(4)(i).
Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required by paragraph (l)(4)(ii) to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.

Verifying operator certification - 1910.178(l)(6)
The employer shall certify that each operator has been trained and evaluated...The certification shall include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation, and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation .

OSHA_ipad_400x599Removing unsafe trucks from service - 1910.178(p)(1)
If at any time a powered industrial truck is found to be in need of repair, defective, or in any way unsafe, the truck shall be taken out of service until it has been restored to safe operating condition.

OSHA Fines for 2019
OSHA can assess fines up to $13,260 per violation
+ $13,260 per day beyond the abatement date
...and up to $132,598 for a willful or repeated violation

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Further Reading
3 Ways to Avoid Increased OSHA Fines
OSHA Regulations for Powered Industrial Trucks (such as forklifts)
History of Top 10 OSHA Violations 2013-2018

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