2020's Top 10 OSHA Citations

OSHA has published the top 10 citations for 2020. Let's take a quick look at these top 10 citations and the situations where citations where issued.



  1. Fall Protection (1926.510) - 5,424 Violations

  2. Failure to provide fall protection (e.g., guardrail, safety net, personal fall arrest system) when working on residential construction activities 6 feet or more above lower levels.

  3. Failure to install fall protection on unprotected sides/edges where workers walk/work that are 6 feet or more above lower levels.

  4. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) - 3,199 Violations

  5. Failure to develop a written Hazard Communication Program.

  6. Failure to provide training on Hazard Communication Program.

  7. Failure to ensure chemicals are properly labeled.

  8. Failure to maintain Safety Data Sheets for chemicals on site.

  9. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) - 2,649 Violations

  10. Failure to medically clear respirator users prior to using a respirator.

  11. Failure to develop a written Respiratory Protection Program.

  12. Failure to complete a fit test prior to using a respirator.

  13. Scaffolding (1926.451) - 2,538 Violations

  14. Failure to provide fall protection on a scaffold that is 10 feet or more above a lower level.

  15. Failure to provide ladders (e.g., portable ladders, hook-on ladders, stair towers), ramps/walkways, or personnel hoist when a point of access is 2 feet or more above/below the scaffold.

  16. Failure to fully install planks/decks between the front uprights and the guardrail supports.

  17. Failure to install adequate firm foundation on scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames, and uprights.

  18. Failure to install adequate guardrails.

  19. Ladders (1926.1053) - 2,129 Violations

  20. Failure to extend ladder side rails 3 feet or more above the upper landing surface.

  21. Failure to secure ladder with rigid support on upper landing surface if extending ladder 3 feet or more above the upper landing surface is not possible.

  22. Using a ladder for purposes it was not designed for.

  23. Using the top step of a ladder as a step.

  24. Failure to withdraw damaged/defective ladders from service.

  25. Carrying tools/equipment that could cause a worker to lose balance while climbing a ladder.

  26. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) - 2,065 Violations

  27. Failure to develop an energy control procedure.

  28. Failure to train workers on Lockout/Tagout.

  29. Failure to complete periodic inspections of energy control procedures.

  30. Failure to develop a written Lockout/Tagout Program.

  31. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) - 1,932 Violations

  32. Failure to safely operate a powered industrial truck.