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Fall Protection remains a grim #1 in Top 10 workplace violations

December 7, 2022  By Don Horne

OSHA’s preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace violations for the agency’s fiscal 2021 shows the same culprit is still far and away the biggest source of violations.

Fall Protection – General Requirements, led the way in 2021 for the 11th straight year, with its 5,295 violations more than double that of No. 2,   at 2,427 violations. Respiratory Protection moved up one spot from 2020 despite 4.6 percent fewer citations.

The remaining violations are: Ladders with 2,206, followed by Scaffolding (2,026) and Hazard Communication (1,947) to round out the top five. Lockout/Tagout repeated at No. 6 with 1,698 citations; Fall Protection – Training Requirements moved up one spot to No. 7 (1,666); Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection also moved up a spot to No. 8 (1,452); Powered Industrial Trucks fell two spots to No. 9 (1,420) and Machine Guarding repeated at No. 10 with 1,113 citations.



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