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What is the difference in order of importance and contextual usage of the following:

重大 重要 大切 大事

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Good question. I checked with a native on this and received the following reply, which I would concur with:

  • 重大 is definitely at the top as the most serious
  • 重要 is next
  • 大切 and 大事 are basically the same and are the most ゆるい of the set.

I hope that helps.

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