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What Were The Top 10 OSHA Workplace Safety Violations in 2021?

That’s a great question. 

OSHA’s stated mission is “to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.” As part of that mission, they meticulously track workplace incidents and accidents. 

In this post, we’ll discuss the top OSHA workplace safety violations of 2021.

More importantly, though, we’re going to discuss solutions and strategies to help improve workplace safety.

For safety to be a priority, it has to be top-of-mind and persistent at all corporate levels. Safety awareness needs to start with the executive team and extend throughout all operational aspects of the facility, manufacturing floor, warehouse, construction site, etc.

For more than 20 years, HealthSafe has helped hundreds of clients develop successful, effective OSHA compliance strategies. Our safety consulting team is laser-focused on three overarching service areas: 

  • General Safety Consulting
  • Onsite Construction Safety Personnel 
  • Process Safety Management (PSM/RMP) Compliance

Unfortunately, the OSHA categories with the highest numbers of recurring safety violations haven’t changed much in the last ten years or so. 

The online workplace safety experts at EHS Today compiled the numbers in a recent article. Here are the top OSHA cited violations for 2021:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Respiratory Protection 
  3. Ladders 
  4. Scaffolding violations
  5. Hazard Communication Violations
  6. Lockout/Tagout Violations
  7. Fall Protection–Training Requirements 
  8. Eye and Face Protection 
  9. Forklifts and Powered Industrial Trucks 
  10. Machine Guarding 

There are just too many accidents and safety violations in the workplace. 

And some workplaces are more dangerous than others.

At HealthSafe, we’ve been successful in some of the most dangerous and challenging work environments. Safety planning and compliance solutions are an operational necessity in the commercial and industrial construction, industrial manufacturing, energy, road and bridge infrastructure, and ammonia and chemical processing sectors, to name a few. 

In these environments, there’s simply no room for error. Experiential knowledge is essential regarding OSHA compliance requirements for workplace safety. So whatever safety challenges you’re dealing with, you can be confident that our experts have seen them before.   

Every company’s most valuable asset is its people, and companies need to make sure that they’re providing a safe, healthy work environment for their employees. OSHA provides guidance here, but navigating the rules and regulations can be complex.  

When employees are injured or killed on the job, the ripple effects are far-reaching. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, millions of workers’ compensation and workplace illness claims are filed every year. And that number will probably not change any time soon. 

The costs of injuries to workers due to accidents or work-related illnesses can be devastating to workers, their families, and their companies. These costs have a significant emotional, physical, and financial impact on everyone involved. 

So how can you get started on the path to a safer work environment? It begins with an experienced, well-rounded team and some purpose-built services. Our team of experienced professionals focuses on delivering these four critical services:

  • Safety Consulting Services
  • Construction Site Safety Consulting And Staffing Services
  • Turnaround & Outage Safety Consulting And Staffing Services
  • Ammonia Process Safety Management, Consulting, And Staffing Services
  • Industrial Construction Safety Management, Consulting, And Staffing Services

We understand that every client’s workplace safety requirement is unique. So our services range from; full onsite staffing of worksites with teams of safety professionals, process safety management, general consulting assistance with OSHA safety compliance requirements, and everything in between.   

Some of the onsite positions we staff include Safety Manager, Site Safety Health Officer (SSHO), Safety Coordinator, Industrial Construction Safety Consultant, Outage Safety Personnel, and more. We have the personnel and services you need, when and where you need them.

Our team of experts is here to help, regardless of the size, duration, and scope of your safety projects and requirements.

But where and how can you get started on the path to a safer workplace? That’s the easy part.

At HealthSafe, workplace safety is in our DNA. We understand today’s complex workplace safety requirements and the unique challenges faced by our clients. We do more than make your workplace OSHA compliant. With over 20 years of experience, we build trust and confidence in your safety team and workforce. 

As an industry-leading provider of safety consulting, site safety staffing, and site safety compliance solutions, our team would like to hear about your safety requirements and challenges.

So we’re offering a complimentary, risk-free workforce safety assessment with no obligation and no cost to you. Together, we might just discover some unique, innovative workplace safety solutions to give you some peace of mind and a safer workplace for your valued employees. 

Call us at (800) 290-4230, or contact us online and schedule your complimentary safety assessment today!

Resources:

https://www.ehstoday.com/standards/osha/media-gallery/21178753/top-10-osha-violations-of-2021?id=21178753&slide=8

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