OSHA Releases Top Violations for FY 2020

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently revealed its annual top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2020. The list was presented exclusively with the National Safety Council.

Fall Protection—General Requirements remained the most frequently cited standard for the 10th year in a row.

“In a year that was defined by the ongoing pandemic, workplace safety became more important than ever,” NSC President and CEO Lorraine M. Martin said in a statement. “The OSHA Top 10 list reminds us why we must continue to focus on persistent safety risks as we navigate new challenges. These data help us 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 standards for FY 2020 are:

    1. Fall Protection—General Requirements (1926.501): 5,424 violations;

    2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,199;

    3. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,649;

    4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,538;

    5. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,129;

    6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,065;

    7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,932;

    8. Fall Protection—Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,621;

    9. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment—Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,369; and

    10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,313.

Past Numbers

In 2019, Hazard Communication also came in at No. 2, counting 3,671 violations that year. Respiratory Protection violations, however, rose from the No. 5 spot with 2,450 violations.

The same top 10 were also featured in the 2018 list with the spots varying. The Electrical—Wirng Methods violation has not been on the list since 2017.


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