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Top 10 OSHA Violations in the Construction Industry

We have compiled a list of the top ten most cited building standards for FY 2022 (October 2021 to September 2022).

Each year, OSHA publishes the top 10 most frequently cited standards for the previous fiscal year. By publishing this list, OSHA hopes to raise awareness of the most commonly cited violations to help employers focus on making workplaces safer for their employees.

The lists provided by OSHA cover all industries, so it does not provide insight into which standards are cited the most in a particular industry, such as construction. In addition to general industry standards, OSHA has a separate set of standards with different rules to control safety issues in the construction, agriculture, and marine industries.

Luckily, OSHA has a website where you can search by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code as well as facility size and federal or state jurisdiction Frequently cited OSHA standard .

Below are the top 10 most cited OSHA building standards using NAICS Code 23 for FY2022. Includes title, standard number, previous year’s top 10 ranking and number of citations.

Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Building Standards

1. Subpart Title: Fall Protection Standard Number: 1926.501 Title: Responsibility for Fall Prevention. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 1Citations: 4,456

2. Division Title: Ladder Standard Number: 1926.1053 Title: Ladder.
FY2021 Top 10 ranking: 2 Citations: 1,797

3. Division Title: Scaffolding Standard Number: 1926.451
Title: General Requirements. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 3

Citations: 1,527

4. Subsection Title: Fall Protection
Standard number: 1926.503 Title: Training Requirements.
FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 4

Citations: 1,354

5. Subpart title: Personal protective and life-saving equipment Standard number: 1926.102 Title: Eye and Face Protection. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 5 Citations: 1,208

6. Subpart title: Personal protective and life-saving equipment Standard number: 1926.100 Title: Head Protection. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 7 Citations: 628

7. Subpart Title: General Safety and Health Provisions Standard Number: 1926.20 Title: General Safety and Health Regulations. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 6 Citations: 586

8. Section title: Scaffolding Standard number: 1926.453 Title: Sky Lift. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 9

Citations: 481

9. Subsection Title: MiningStandard number: 1926.651 Title: Specific Excavation Requirements.
FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 8

Citations: 395

10. Subpart Title: Toxic and Hazardous Substances
Standard Number: 1910.1200 Title: Danger Communications. FY2021 Top 10 Ranking: 10Citations: 382

Note: FY2021 ranking data is as of January 28, 2021. Location and citations data are current for FY2022 as of October 11, 2022.


FY2022 Checklist vs FY2022 Top 10 Citation List.

In fact, the list has been fairly consistent over the years, with most of the same criteria topping the citation list year after year. Employers should take note of this list and try to include it in their Safety training and toolbox talk .

Violations of Standards Fall Hazards continue to dominate the list, which is not surprising since falls are the number one construction worker fatality each year main reason. Six of the 10 standards included in the list relate to fall protection, ladders and scaffolding.

Avoidable but costly safety violations

In addition to violating OSHA standards can easily lead to accidents, injuries and even death These citations cost the construction industry millions of dollars every year, in addition to the possibility of

OSHA issued 17,233 citations to construction companies out of 7,015 inspections in FY2022, totaling $72,119,017 in fines. These figures are lower than those for fiscal 2021, but they are preliminary because not everything was reported at the end of the previous fiscal year.

Remember that OSHA standards are the minimum standards a construction company should protect workers. Be sure to check out our 10 Construction Site Safety Tips on how to protect workers from the hazards of violating these standards.

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About Kendall Jones

Kendall Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of ConstructConnect. He has been writing about the construction industry for several years, covering a wide range of topics from safety and technology to industry news and operational insights.

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