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Top 10 OSHA Citations From 2021

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COVID-19 has certainly had an effect on the top OSHA violations in the workplace for 2021. Here’s a closer look at the data from last year showing the most common citations and how your business can take proper measures to avoid these all too common fines.




Falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths amongst employees for the 11th year in a row. It is critical for businesses to instill better awareness and safety practices in their workforce. Regular onsite inspections by qualified personnel should be implemented in order to check for holes, slippery surfaces or other tripping hazards. The construction industry is the most affected by this standard.




Respiratory protection moves up to second most cited violation by OSHA. Many workplace citations could be avoided through better training programs, proper labeling and warnings. Your business should regularly educate and train employees on safety awareness. Having a safety protocol in place can help make your working environment a safer place for everyone. The medical, manufacturing and automotive repair industries were the most affected. 




Bad ladder safety practices can be deadly. Never place a ladder on a step or uneven ground, split loads into multiple trips and always wear personal protection. The construction industry is by far the most affected by this violation.




Improper decking and planking or the lack of tipping restraints can lead to catastrophic failures and dangerous situations. We recommend performing daily inspections of the structure by qualified personnel to ensure maximum safety.




The importance of a written hazards communication program and employee training is critical. Safety data sheets and labels must be used appropriately to avoid injuries.




Operating dangerous machinery should always come with rigorous safety training on maintenance and operational procedures. Always make sure to keep your staff up to date on current practices and to train new employees. Regular inspections should be performed on machinery.




Falls are the #1 cause of injuries and deaths in the workplace, and many of them could be avoided by more thorough training and protocols. These training should be re-evaluated on an annual basis and be performed by adequate personnel.




Employers should provide eye and face protection when required along with formal training programs. Businesses are also responsible for storage and cleaning of the equipment.




Industrial trucks are a common cause for accidents and citations amongst warehousing, manufacturing and recycling industries. Employees should be trained and qualified to safely operate and maintain the vehicles. We recommend regular safety training and maintenance programs to ensure awareness at all times.




Machine guarding includes, blade protection, securing and fixing machines to floor/walls to avoid tipping, protecting employees against dangerous debris or contraptions. 




COVID-19 had a huge impact on respiratory protection violations in the healthcare industry. The pandemic also reduced the number of violations and inspections in the workplace compared to 2020. We encourage you to use this list to assess potential hazards in your own workplace and gaps in your safety programs. The lists of top violations by industry code are available on OSHA’s website


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