Top 10 OSHA Violations 2022

Top 10 OSHA Violations of 2022

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement (DEP), presented preliminary data at a recent National Safety Council event in San Diego, detailing OSHA violations occurring from October 1, 2021, to September 6, 2022. Note that this tally includes federal OSHA data only; data collected from state OSHA agencies is not included.

The infographic below indicates both this year’s ranking and the 2021 ranking plus relative increase/decrease in violation trend and actual position change.

Top 10 OSHA Violations 2022
Top 10 OSHA Violations 2022
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Sumary of Top 10 OSHA Violations 2022

Trips and falls on the job seems to be the constant and common workplace issue, as is failing to provide adequate fall protection.

For the 12th year in a row ‘fall protection – general requirement’ is the most cited OSHA standard violation, as stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). 

All of the violations on this year’s list did also appear on the 2021 list, however, there was a good deal of movement up or down the rankings as shown in the 2022 OSHA top 10 violations infographic below.

Fall protection violations remained on the top spot, but last year’s # 2 violation (respiratory protection) dropped to # 3, whilst last year’s # 5 violation (hazard communication) rocketed to the # 2 spot. 

According to Kapust, one of the reasons respiratory protection violations declined in the past year, was the gradual move past COVID-19 throughout USA workplaces. 

Companies have improved at recognizing the need to provide adequate respiratory Personal Protective Equipment to employees, although Kapust noted that ‘fit testing’ is still not being conducted adequately according to OSHA standards.

OSHA makes this list available every year, Kapust noted, to help employers determine what areas in their workplaces they should focus on to improve safety.

OSHA Violations in 2022
Slips, trips and falls were in the top 10 again

OSHA Violations 2022 Data Table

2022 Ranking

Violation

OSHA Subpart

2022 Violations

Trend

2021 Ranking

2021 Violations

1

Fall Protection–General Requirements

(1926.501)

5,260 

violations

35 fewer violations than in the previous year

Down

1

5295

2

Hazard Communication

(1910.1200)

2,424 violations

 

477 more violations than in the previous year.

Up

5

1947

3

Respiratory Protection 

(1910.134)

2,185 violations

 

342 fewer violations than in the previous year.

Down

2

2527

4

Ladders 

(1926.1053

2,143 violations

 

117 more violations than in the previous year.

Up

3

2026

5

Scaffolding 

(1926.451)

2,058 violations

 

110 more violations than in the previous year.

Up

5

1948

6

Lockout/Tagout 

(1910.147)

1,977 violations

 

279 more violations than in the previous year.

Up

6

1698

7

Forklifts and Powered Industrial Trucks 

(1910.178)

1,749 violations.

 

183 more violations than previous year

Up

9

1566

8

Fall Protection–Training Requirements 

(1926.503)

1,666 violations

 

110 fewer violations than in the previous year.

Down

7

1776

9

Personal Protective & Lifesaving Equipment: Eye and Face Protection 

(1926.102)

1,401 violations

 

51 fewer violations than in the previous year.

Down

8

1452

10

Machine Guarding 

(1910.212)

1,370 violations

 

257 more violations than in the previous year.

Up

10

1113

Most of the violations in this 2022 top 10 are covered in detail in either the OSHA 10 Hour Construction or OSHA 10 Hour General workplace training requirements.

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