OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations for Fiscal Year 2021 at NSC Safety Congress & Expo

Falls remain the top citation for 11th year in a row.

October 12, 2021

ITASCA, Ill. – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021. NSC Safety+Health Associate Editor Kevin Druley 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.

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 No. 2, 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:

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

A more in-depth analysis of the Top 10 violations for 2021 will be published in the December edition of Safety+Health magazine, a National Safety Council publication.

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