The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards violations for fiscal year 2020.
On Feb. 26, OSHA Deputy Director of Directorate Enforcement Programs Patrick Kapust presented the preliminary data on the Top 10 safety violations during an exclusive webinar with Safety+Health magazine.
Although different violations swapped positions in the ranking, all the violations from the previous year remained the same. Ladders climbed to the 5th spot on the list, while respiratory protection came in 3rd compared to its 5th place the previous year.
However, the data shows that Fall Protection - General Requirements is OSHA’s most frequently cited safety violation, having appeared in the Top 10 every year during the past decade.
“In a year that was defined by the ongoing pandemic, workplace safety became more important than ever,” said Lorraine M. Martin, National Safety Council president and CEO. “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.”
For more than a century, The National Safety Council has been the country’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. The mission-based organization seeks to eliminate the leading causes of preventable death and injury in the workplace by promoting a culture of safety and awareness.
The complete Top 10 includes:
- Fall Protection - General Requirements: 5,424 violations
- Hazard Communication: 3,199
- Respiratory Protection: 2,649
- Scaffolding: 2,538
- Ladders: 2,129
- Lockout/Tagout: 2,065
- Powered Industrial Trucks: 1,932
- Fall Protection - Training Requirements: 1,621
- Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment - Eye and Face Protection: 1,369
- Machine Guarding: 1,313
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