Each year OSHA (Federal) publishes the top 10 most frequently cited violations to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so that they can take steps to eliminate and correct the hazards in the workplace. The following is a list of the most frequently cited violations from worksite inspections:

  • Fall Protection in Construction (1926.501)
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200)
  • Scaffolding in Construction (1926.451)
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134)
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)
  • Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305)
  • Ladders in Construction (1926.1053)
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212)
  • Electrical – General Requirements (1910.303)

osting requirements: The citation must be prominently posted by the employer at or near each place of violation referred to in a serious citation, or in a place where it is readily seen by all affected employees for general/regulatory violations and must remain posted for a period of three working days or until the condition is abated, whichever is longer.

An employer who has been cited you may either: Agree to the citation – correct the condition by the date set in the citation, pay the penalties if one is proposed. If you disagree – you may request an informal conference to meet with the Cal/OSHA district manager to discuss the violations. When a company can show that it has made a good-faith effort at safety compliance, fines may be reduced.