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OSHA reveals Top 10 violations for 2023

Oct. 26, 2023
Fall protection remains the most frequently cited workplace safety violation for the 13th consecutive year, administration reports

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revealed the most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023.

Fall protection general requirements is at the top of the list for the 13th consecutive year, followed by hazard communication and ladders, the agency reported.

Eric Harbin, OSHA Region 6 administrator, presented the preliminary data for OSHA’s Top 10 during the 2023 NSC Safety Congress & Expo in New Orleans.

“Although incredible advancements are made in safety each year, we continue to see many of the same types of violations appear on OSHA’s Top 10 list,” Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO, said in a news release. “As a safety community, we must come together to acknowledge these persistent trends and identify solutions to better protect workers.”

The Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for FY 2023, which ended Sept. 30, are:

  • Fall protection, general requirements (1926.501): 7,271 violations
  • Hazard communication (1910.1200): 3,213
  • Ladders (1926.1053): 2,978
  • Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,859
  • Powered industrial trucks (1910.178): 2,561
  • Lockout/tagout (1910.147): 2,554
  • Respiratory protection (1910.134): 2,481
  • Fall protection, training requirements (1926.503): 2,112
  • Personal protective and lifesaving equipment, eye and face protection (1926.102): 2,074
  • Machine guarding (1910.212): 1,644