OSHA fall protection violations 2020
Every year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) puts together a list of the most cited violations per standard in the United States, for the previous (fiscal) year.
Fall protection citations have topped that list for the last 10 years. Showing that the duty to have fall protection is still not as widespread as it should be. Additionally, three other standards related to working at height, and fall hazards are also featured in the top 10; Scaffolding, Ladders and Fall Protection – Training requirements.
Compared to 2019 it seems that a the amount of violations has gone down, but we need to take into account that 2020 was a unusual year in which a global pandemic influenced many workplaces. We have seen situations where whole worksites were shut down, others were only working at half capacity, etc.