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2019 OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Standards for Special Trade Contractors

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Specialty Trade Contractors (NAICS 238)

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 2019 for the specialty trade contractor industry. This top 10 list comprises establishments whose primary activity is performing specific activities (e.g., pouring concrete, site preparation, plumbing, painting and electrical work) involved in building construction or other activities that are similar for all types of construction, but that are not responsible for the entire project.

Description of Violation

Cited Standard Number



Duty to Have Fall Protection – Complying with the OSHA requirements for fall protection systems that conform with all requirements for quality, quantity and safety.

29 CFR 1926.501



General Scaffold Requirements – Using and maintaining scaffolds or related equipment properly according to manufacturer’s standards.

29 CFR 1926.451



Ladders – Proper use and maintenance of all ladders on site according to the OSHA standards of support, construction, protection, proper use and employee awareness.

29 CFR 1926.1053



Training Requirements – Providing mandatory training for all employees who may be exposed to fall hazards that allows workers to recognize and react to exposures.

29 CFR 1926.503



Eye and Face Protection – Ensuring employees use appropriate eye/face protection when exposed to hazards from flying particles and harmful vapors or rays.

29 CFR 1926.102



General Safety and Health Provisions – Ensuring that no employee or anyone who is a part of contract work has to perform any duties under unsanitary or hazardous conditions.

29 CFR 1926.20



Head Protection – Providing employees with head protection that meets ANSI specifications when they work in areas where there is a possible threat of head injury.

29 CFR 1926.100



Aerial Lifts – Following OSHA’s general requirements for aerial lifts, which include proper design, construction, operation, precautions and use.

29 CFR 1926.453



Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices – Requirements for fall protection systems.

29 CFR 1926.502



Hazard CommunicationProperly transmitting information on chemical hazards through a comprehensive program, container labeling, SDS and training.

29 CFR 1910.1200


*ACV (Average Cost per Violation) – The dollar amount represents the average cost per violation that employers in this industry paid in 2019. 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: 

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