In the Occupational Safety and Health world, there is, unfortunately, always a new example to point at that shows a mistake. The consequences of safety and health violations are often dire and, in every case I’ve seen, completely avoidable.
Each year, OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) reveals which regulations have been violated most often by employers across the U.S. According to OSHA data, in 2021, employers recorded an alarming 5,190 fatal work injuries—an 8.9% increase from 2020. The fatal work injury rate was 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, up from 3.4 per 100,000 FTEs in 2020.
At IHRSA 2023, myself and Chantal Dryer will present OSHA’s top 10 most cited violations and why it matters to the health of your employees and your brand. Join us on Monday, March 20, at noon for our session, How to Prevent Workplace Injuries and Remain Compliant With OSHA Standards.
Most Common OSHA Cited Violations
Below are just a few of the top 10 most frequently cited standards by federal OSHA from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021:
Respiratory Protection, general industry
Hazard Communication, general industry
Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout—procedures used to ensure that equipment is shut down and inoperable until maintenance or repair work is complete), general industry
Eye and Face Protection
These violations are fairly consistent year to year and, most of the time, change spots but remain in the top 10.
So, what is the leading cause of injury in the U.S.? It may not be surprising that musculoskeletal disorders—e.g., muscle strains and sprains—are the most common workplace injury in the U.S.—266,530 occurred in 2021.