Fall protection tops list of OSHA’s most-cited violations for 2021

November 16, 2021

Recent numbers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show dangers from falls at construction sites remain the most frequently cited hazard on OSHA’s list of most-cited violations for fiscal year 2021, which ended Sept. 30. Construction blog constructconnect.com shared a list of OSHA’s top 10 construction-specific violations.

Other rules related to construction falls are among the top 10 violations, including ladders, scaffolds and training.

Following are the top 10 most-cited violations in construction for fiscal year 2021:

  1. Fall protection—Duty to have fall protection at 4,279 violations
  2. Ladders at 1,602 violations
  3. Scaffolds—general requirements at 1,468 violations
  4. Fall protection—training requirements at 1,356 violations
  5. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment—eye and face protection at 1,209 violations
  6. Personal protective and lifesaving equipment—head protection at 651 violations
  7. General safety and health provisions at 648 violations
  8. Scaffolds—aerial lifts at 436 violations
  9. Excavations—specific excavation requirements at 391 violations
  10. Fall protection—fall-protection systems criteria and practices at 343 violations

OSHA handed down 16,749 citations from 6,624 inspections during fiscal year 2021 to construction companies, totaling more than $58 million in penalties.

Tags: Safety | OSHA

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