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Commercial Lines OSHA Announces Top 10 Safety Violations for 2021The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its preliminary list of the top 10 most frequently cited safety violations at this month’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of safety professionals.

The OSHA list is determined following worksite inspections throughout the fiscal year and alerts employees and safety professionals about areas of frequent citations to help prevent their occurrence. OSHA violations can cost some companies more than $1 million in penalties.

Notable among the top 10 list for 2021, companies experienced an increase in respiratory protection violations and a decrease in hazard communication and powered industrial truck violations from prior years. Fall protection remains at the top of the list for the 11th  year in a row.

The Top 10 for FY 2021 are:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 5,295 violations
  2. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,527
  3. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,026
  4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 1,948
  5. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 1,947
  6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 1,698
  7. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 1,666
  8. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 1,452
  9. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 1,420
  10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,113

OSHA’s preliminary figures found 21,090 citations issued this year, down from 24,239 in 2020 and more than one-third less than the 31,816 issued in 2019. Workplace shutdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly played a large part in the decrease, but there are still many areas for improvement on the list. Frequent safety training and customized risk management programs can support operational business goals while reducing risk and making the workplace safer.

Jeffrey Sanders, TRIP is Client Advisor at Gulfshore Insurance. Jeff works with a wide range of business clients to deliver strategic risk analysis, guidance, and insurance. Comments and questions are welcome at

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