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OSHA Top 10 Violations: 2021

10/13/21
Grainger Editorial Staff

In October 2021, OSHA released preliminary data for the top 10 most-cited standards in fiscal year 2021. The data includes violations cited between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, and is current as of Nov. 8. 

The preliminary data was presented at the 2021 NSC Safety Congress and Expo by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs at OSHA.

The chart below gives OSHA's preliminary data alongside the final data from FY 2020. See recent results here: 2020 | 2019 | 2018

OSHA Standard

FY 2021 Preliminary Data

Previous Year's Data

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)

5,271 Violations

No. 1 with 5,424 Violations

2. Respiratory Protection (1910.134)

2,521 Violations

No. 3 with 2,649 Violations

3. Ladders (1926.1053)

2,018 Violations

No. 5 with 2,129 Violations

4. Scaffolding (1926.451)

1,943 Violations

No. 4 with 2,538 Violations

5. Hazard Communication (1910.1200)

1,939 Violations

No. 2 with 3,199 Violations

6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147)

1,670 Violations

No. 6 with 2,065 Violations

7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503)

1,660 Violations

No. 8 with 1,621 Violations

8. Personal Protective and Life Saving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102)

1,451 Violations

No. 9 with 1,369 Violations

9. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178)

1,404 Violations

No. 7 with 1,932 Violations

10. Machine Guarding (1910.212)

1,105 Violations

No. 10 with 1,313 Violations

The information contained in this article is intended for general information purposes only and is based on information available as of the initial date of publication. No representation is made that the information or references are complete or remain current. This article is not a substitute for review of current applicable government regulations, industry standards, or other standards specific to your business and/or activities and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the applicable standards or consult with an attorney.

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