February 21, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Heads-up Employers: OSHA Top 10 Cited Workplace Safety Violations for 2021

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OSHA announced its Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for 2021, publishing this list to alert employers about these commonly cited violations so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards before OSHA shows up.

Fall Protection (1926.501) remains in the Top 10 list of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) commonly cited violations 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 the 2021 list.

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The Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for FY 2021 are listed below.

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

“Throughout the pandemic, workplace safety has become more important than ever,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC (National Safety Committee) 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.”

Source: Roofing Contractor, “OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations for Fiscal Year 2021,” Dec. 24, 2021.

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