The 4 Most Costly OSHA Violations for the Construction Industry

The 4 Most Costly OSHA Violations for the Construction Industry

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations can carry costly consequences for construction companies. Violations recorded by OSHA can be used to better understand the inherent risks of specific activities and give insight on how to better mitigate these risks.

An analysis of this past year’s statistics highlights the construction industry’s four most costly OSHA violations.

  1. Duty to have fall protection (29 CFR 1926.501) – Cited 5,162 times in 2021 with an Average Cost Per Violation (ACV) totaling $5,263.54
  2. Requirements for protective systems (29 CFR 1926.652) – Cited 400 times in 2021 with an Average Cost Per Violation (ACV) totaling $6,733.30
  3. Safety training and education (29 CFR 1926.21) – Cited 352 times in 2021 with an Average Cost Per Violation (ACV) totaling $6,036.58
  4. General duty clause (5A0001) – Cited 108 times in 2021 with an Average Cost Per Violation (ACV) totaling $7,942.24

Knowing the costliest OSHA violations can help managers and supervisors recognize when there is risky activity that could be detrimental to the organization. Proper training and education will allow all employees to recognize these activities and mitigate these risks.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Does my broker provide timely updates on new and revised OSHA regulations? Are we prepared for an OSHA inspection? If you can’t confidently answer yes to these questions, BKS Partners has the risk mitigation services you need to save time, work more efficiently and ensure your workplace is compliant with OSHA standards.


This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and was generated from information provided to BKS from the client and/or third-party sources. Therefore, BKS makes no warranty or representation(s) as to the accuracy or appropriateness of the data and/or the analysis herein. This information is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your tax, legal, and accounting advisors for those services.

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