Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Violations of 2020

May 21, 2021
Fall protection and forklift safety are just two of the biggest problem areas in workplaces as reflected in OSHA citations of standard violations.

For the 10th consecutive year, the most frequently cited violation of OSHA standards is fall protection, indicating that despite all of the protocols, procedures and equipment in place to protect workers from falls, this is still a major workplace issue. And forklift accidents still remain a major issue, ranking as the 7th most frequent violation.

In its reveal of the top 10 safety violations of 2020 (which for OSHA's fiscal year encompasses October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020), the agency noted that while the order these standards appear on the list changed somewhat since the previous year, it's the same 10 from 2019, according to Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs.

OSHA suggests that employers use this Top 10 list as a guide to what they should focus on in their workplaces.