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OSHA Announces Top 10 Safety Violations For 2021

OSHA Announces Top 10 Safety Violations For 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its top 10 most-cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2021. OSHA publishes this list annually to raise employer awareness regarding the commonly cited standards. It’s imperative to recognize and correct hazards to avoid a visit - and heavy fines – from OSHA.

The top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards including the number of violations for 2021 are:

  1. Fall protection - general requirements: 5,295 violations
  2. Respiratory protection: 2,527
  3. Ladders: 2,026
  4. Scaffolding: 1,948
  5. Hazard communication: 1,947
  6. Lockout/tagout: 1,698
  7. Fall protection - training requirements: 1,666
  8. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment - eye and face protection: 1,452
  9. Powered industrial trucks: 1,420
  10. Machine guarding: 1,113

As fall protection is ranked number one for the 11th year in a row, it is vital you and your employees are trained properly. Every company should conduct an annual review of its safety policies and procedures, coinciding with this list’s publication. The list that OSHA provides is simply a starting point for identifying areas to evaluate as you fine-tune your 2022 safety program - however, your employees’ safety requires much more.

The Importance Of Workplace Safety 

Every worker should feel safe in their work environment. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide the right conditions for their employees. No matter the size or industry of your business, workplace safety is the number one priority.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, workplace safety has become more important than ever. COVID-19 resulted in an increase in illnesses alongside the development of remote work. Safety-related initiatives result in fewer accidents, fewer occupational health costs, better employee retention and satisfaction, less employee downtime, and less retraining time.

Invest In Workplace Safety

Every year, U.S. businesses suffer the consequences of workplace injuries resulting in lost time, leading to costly fines for your business. What proactive steps are you taking to ensure the safety of your employees? GMS assists business owners in taking a proactive approach to workplace safety through various services:

  • Onsite consulting
  • Jobsite inspections
  • Accident and injury investigation

Allow our team of safety experts to conduct onsite inspections prior to OSHA showing up. Be proactive and partner with GMS today.



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