OSHA’s Top 10 Violations 2018: #1 Fall Protection-General Requirements

Updated: Jan 20

Each year, OSHA compiles a list of the top 10 most cited violations that compliance safety and health officers see on their site visits. Falling from heights is a big deal, so it’s no wonder that in addition to being number eight on this list it also comes in as the number one most cited!

#1 Fall Protection—General Requirements

The following aspects of the Fall Protection standard are the most commonly cited by OSHA for the 2018 fiscal year:

  • Each employee engaged in residential construction activities six feet or more above lower levels shall be protected by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems unless otherwise stated in this standard 1926.501(b)(13)

  • ​​Each employee on a walking/working surface six or more feet above a lower level with an unprotected side shall be protected by guardrails, safety nets, or fall arrest 1926.501(b)(1)

  • Each employee working on a low sloped roof six or more feet above the ground shall be protected by these same means or in combination with a warning line system 1926.501(b)(10)

  • ​Each employee on a steep slope roof six or more feet above the ground shall be protected by these same means 1926.501(b)(11)

  • ​​Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from falling through holes more than six feet above lower levels by these same means 1926.501(b)(4)(i).

In order to avoid these citations, proper fall protection programs and training must be implemented and all equipment maintained.

Don’t fall victim to OSHA’s Top 10! If you need any assistance with meeting the requirements for Fall Protection, STEP would be happy to help. Contact us at (270) 753-6529 to assist you in your needs today


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