OSHA's FY 2020 Top 10 Violations List Released - Worksite Medical
Get Your Quote!

After some delay, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally announced the FY 2020 top 10 violations list, which is comprised of the administration’s most frequently cited standards.

The FY 2020 Top 10 violations list was revealed during a webinar with Safety+Health magazine on Feb. 26, presented by deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, Patrick Kapust. He noted that this data is preliminary. 

“In a year that was defined by the ongoing pandemic, workplace safety became more important than ever,” said Lorraine M. Martin, NSC president and CEO.

“The OSHA Top 10 list reminds us why we must continue to focus on persistent safety risks as we navigate new challenges. These data help us pinpoint areas where we can improve so we can better prioritize workplace safety in the future world of work.”


The FY 2020 Top 10 Violations List


1. Fall Protection – General Requirements

Standard: 1926.501

Number of Violations: 5,424

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 1


2. Hazard Communication

Standard: 1910.1200

Number of Violations: 3,199

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 2


3. Respiratory Protection

Standard: 1910.134

Number of Violations: 2,649

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 5


Related Article: Are you Forgetting This Key Part to the Respirator Standard?


4. Scaffolds – General Requirements

Standard: 1926.451

Number of Violations: 2,538

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 3


5. Ladders

Standard: 1926.1053

Number of Violations: 2,129

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 6


6. Lockout/Tagout

Standard: 1910.147

Number of Violations: 2,065

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 4


7. Powered Industrial Trucks

Standard: 1910.178

Number of Violations: 1,932

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 7


8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements

Standard: 1926.503

Number of Violations: 1,621

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 8


9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection

Standard: 1926.95

Number of Violations: 1,369

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 10


10. Machine Guarding

Standard: 1910.212

Number of Violations: 1,313

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2019 Rank: 9


Biggest Changes


Fall protection ends up as OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 10th straight year.

All of the top-cited standards from 2019 stayed on the list, but there were a few that moved positions. Ladders rose from number six to number five. Respiratory protection went to the third-place spot from number five, which is not surprising given the need for more PPE standards during the pandemic. 

“Use the top-10 as a guide for your workplace,” Kapust recommended. “It’s a good place to start if you don’t know where to start. Look at what OSHA is finding. Look at the things that are applicable to your particular industry as well.”


Stay in Compliance with Worksite Medical 


In most cases, OSHA requires medical surveillance testing, and at no cost to employees.

Worksite Medical makes that program easier with mobile medical testing.

We conduct on-site respirator fit tests, as well as audiometric exams, pulmonary function tests and heavy metal lab work, right on your job site. We also keep accurate, easy-to-access medical records for your convenience. You’ll keep your employees at work, and stay ahead of OSHA inspections.

With Worksite Medical, a mobile medical testing unit — we can bring all the resources of a lab to you. Our certified lab technicians can perform both qualitative and quantitative respirator tests to ensure a perfect fit.

Protect your team and your workplace now with Worksite Medical. Not sure what you need? Try our medical testing wizard here.

Give us a call at 1-844-622-8633, or complete the form below to schedule an on-site visit or to get your free quote.

Request a Quote or Schedule Your Testing