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2018 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations – Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall, but also within particular industries. The most recent statistics from OSHA reveal the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2018 for the real estate industry. This top 10 list comprises establishments engaged in renting, leasing or otherwise allowing the use of tangible or intangible assets, and establishments providing related services. The major portion of this sector comprises establishments that rent, lease or otherwise allow the use of their own assets by others. The assets may be tangible, as is the case of real estate and equipment, or intangible, as is the case with patents and trademarks.

Description of Violation

Cited Standard Number


1.    Hazard Communication – Properly transmitting information on chemical hazards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, SDS and training.

29 CFR 1910.1200


2.    Asbestos – following regulations for asbestos control during construction.

29 CFR 1926.1101


3.    Respiratory Protection – Properly administering a respiratory protection program, selecting correct respirators, completing medical evaluations to determine which employees are required to use respirators and providing tight-fitting equipment.

29 CFR 1910.134



4.    Powered Industrial Trucks – Ensuring safety of employees on powered industrial trucks through fire protection, design, maintenance and proper use.

29 CFR 1910.178


5.    Safety Requirements for Scaffolding – Providing protection for each employee on a scaffold exposed to fall and falling object hazards.

29 CFR 1910.28



6.    Wiring Methods, Components and Equipment for General Use– Using proper wiring techniques and equipment to ensure safe electrical continuity.

29 CFR 1910.305


7.    General Electrical RequirementsEnsuring electric equipment is free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

29 CFR 1910.303


8.    Lead – Ensuring that no construction employee is exposed to a concentration of lead greater than the permissible exposure limit (PEL) through careful monitoring and quick correction.

29 CFR 1926.62


9.    Reporting Fatalities, Hospitalizations, Amputations, and Losses of an Eye- Following the reporting guidelines set by OSHA following death, hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye due to a work-related incident.

29 CFR 1904.39


10.General Walking/Working Surface Requirements – Maintaining a clean, orderly and sanitary establishment, including passageways, storerooms and service rooms.

29 CFR 1910.22


*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2018. To understand the full capacity and scope of each standard, click on the standard number to visit and view the language in its entirety. Source:   

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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