OSHA’s Most Cited Violations of 2021
December 21, 2021 by Keely Knopp
With so much attention focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, it might seem like we’ve all put worries about other common workplace hazards on hold. But the Occupational Safety and Health Administration hasn’t — and, to ensure employers do not become complacent, it recently released its list of most cited employer violations.
For the last 11 years, fall protection has been OSHA’s most frequently cited standard, and it remains the number one cited violation for employers in 2021. In fact, the top 10 most cited standards have remained largely unchanged over the last decade. Below is this year’s list of the most cited violations for fiscal year 2021.
- Fall Protection. With 5,271 total violations, this standard outlines where fall protection is required, proper systems and installation, and proper supervision to prevent falls.
- Respiratory Protection. With 2,521 citations, this standard directs employers on establishing and maintaining respiratory protection for its workers, including respirator selection, fit testing, and proper worksite procedures.
- Ladder Use and Protection. This category cited 2,018 violations and deals with all aspects of ladder use and safety.
- Scaffolding. With 1,943 citations, this standard deals with construction and general safety of scaffolding. Employers are required to protect workers from falls and hazards from heights of more than 10 feet.
- Hazard Communication. With 1,939 citations, this standard deals with chemicals in the workplace, as well as communication to employees about workplace chemicals.
- Lockout/Tagout. This category received 1,670 citations and deals with protecting employees from hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining machinery and equipment.
- Fall Protection: Training Requirements. With 1,660 violations, this standard specifically deals with training related to fall risk and protection.
- PPE. Coming in at1,451 citations, this standard deals with personal protective equipment in the workplace, like protection from flying objects, or exposure to gases and chemicals.
- Powered Industrial Trucks. Totaling 1,404 violations, this standard deals with protections and maintenance for industrial trucks, like forklifts and motorized hand trucks.
- Machine Guarding. With 1,105 violations, this standard aims to protect employees from machinery hazards, like rotating parts, nip points, flying debris, sparks, and other hazards.
Now is a great time to review your workplace protocols for these and other types of hazards — and to take corrective action should you find areas that may be deficient in proper protection. Mercy Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine can help you determine potential points of concern by scheduling a walk-through safety evaluation and making recommendations for improvement. Please contact us to schedule this type of evaluation for your business at email@example.com or at 828-254-7576.
Source: OSHA.gov, Safety and Health Magazine