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OSHA REVEALS TOP SAFETY VIOLATIONS In 2023

The most frequently-cited OSHA workplace safety standard is Fall Protection, remaining as the top citation for 13th year in a row.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced its most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023. Eric Harbin, OSHA Region 6 administrator, presented the preliminary data for “OSHA’s Top 10” during the 2023 NSC Safety Congress & Expo, the world’s largest annual gathering of safety professionals.

Fall Protection – General Requirements remains at the top of the list for the 13th year in a row, followed by Hazard Communication and Ladders.

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

“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,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO. “As a safety community, we must come together to acknowledge these persistent trends and identify solutions to better protect workers.”

A more in-depth analysis of the Top 10 violations for 2023 will be published in the December edition of Safety+Health magazine, a National Safety Council publication.

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