Falls Top the OSHA Top 10 List of Safety Violations for More than a Decade

OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.
OSHA revealed the Top 10 safety violations for fiscal year 2021 at the NSC Safety
Congress & Expo and once again, falls top the list.

One of the most highly anticipated events at every NSC Safety Congress & Expo is the announcement of the list of top safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). On Oct. 12, OSHA announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021 and for the 11th year, falls topped the list.

Kevin Druley, the associate editor of Safety+Health magazine, introduced Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, who presented the list virtually during the 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Scott Gaddis, Vice President, Global Practice Leader – Safety and Health at Intelex Technologies Inc., joins David Wagner from Industrial Scientific to discuss “Why Data is a Safety Game Changer – and How You Get in the Game,” at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo. Their session is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:30 PM CST.

Fall Protection (1926.501) remains at the top of the list for the 11th year in a row, followed by Respiratory Protection (1910.134) and Ladders (1926.1053). Hazard Communication, which spent the last several years at number two, moved to the fifth spot on this year’s list.

“Throughout the pandemic, workplace safety has become more important than ever,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “Although incredible advancements are made in safety each year, the OSHA Top 10 list reminds us that we must continue to pinpoint areas where we can improve so we can better prioritize workplace safety in the future world of work.”

The Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for FY 2021 are:

  • Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 violations
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527
  • Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026
  • Scaffolding (1926.451): 1,948
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 1,947
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,698
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,666
  • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,452
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,420
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,113

For a more in-depth analysis of OSHA’s top violations, see our e-guide, “The Top 10 OSHA Citations and How to Avoid Them: A Checklist Approach.”

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