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OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations for FY 2020


Fall Protection – General Requirements is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 10th successive fiscal year.

During an exclusive Safety+Health webinar, which took place Feb. 26, Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented preliminary data for OSHA’s Top 10 for FY 2020.

“Use the Top 10 as a guide for your workplace,” Kapust says. “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.” (Watch the webinar below.)

Although multiple standards swapped positions, including one making its way into the Top 5, those that make up the Top 10 remained unchanged fromFY 2019. Presented here are the numbers, as well as the penalty box of the of the year’s largest fines and an exclusive interview with Kapust.

Most cited violations, fiscal year 2020

*Based on OSHA Information data from Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020. Data current as of Jan. 29.

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