The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released comprehensive data detailing the most frequently cited safety standards for fiscal year 2023. This final publication reaffirms the preliminary figures disclosed on October 24, showcasing that the top violations in workplace safety have remained consistent, with Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) leading the list for the thirteenth consecutive year.

The data, gathered from the OSHA Information System, covers the period from October 1, 2022, to September 29, 2023, and was finalized as of April 17. The compilation of these statistics is part of OSHA’s ongoing efforts to enforce safety regulations and reduce workplace hazards.

Here’s a detailed overview of the Top 10 most cited standards for the fiscal year 2023:

  1. Fall Protection – General Requirements: Recorded 7,188 violations, indicating persistent issues with fall hazards in various industries.
  2. Hazard Communication: With 3,227 violations, this standard’s high ranking highlights ongoing challenges in communicating chemical hazards effectively in the workplace.
  3. Ladders: There were 2,950 citations related to ladder safety, underscoring common non-compliance with proper use and maintenance.
  4. Scaffolding: At 2,835 violations, issues with scaffold safety remain a significant concern, particularly in construction and maintenance sectors.
  5. Powered Industrial Trucks: This category saw 2,550 violations, reflecting widespread issues with the operation and maintenance of industrial vehicles like forklifts.
  6. Lockout/Tagout: Closely following with 2,539 violations, this critical safety protocol for controlling hazardous energies continues to be a major area of neglect.
  7. Respiratory Protection: With 2,493 citations, this standard remains crucial, especially in industries where workers are exposed to airborne contaminants.
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements: Recorded 2,109 violations, emphasizing the need for more comprehensive training in fall prevention methods.
  9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection: There were 2,064 violations, pointing to lapses in protecting against facial and eye injuries.
  10. Machine Guarding: With 1,635 violations, this continues to be an essential safety measure often overlooked, leading to preventable injuries.

The revelation of these figures occurred at the 2023 NSC Safety Congress & Expo in New Orleans, where OSHA the data. This annual ranking not only highlights the critical areas where industries must improve but also serves as a reminder of the importance of compliance with OSHA standards to foster safer work environments across all sectors. By addressing these frequently cited violations, businesses can better protect their employees from potential hazards and avoid costly penalties.


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Eric Gislason

Eric Gislason is the CEO and Executive Director of NASP. He is also one of the principal trainers, specializing in OSHA compliance and development of workplace safety culture. Eric has over 33 years of experience in the EHS field, having trained individuals from across the spectrum on OSHA/EPA compliance including manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, warehousing, healthcare, and retail.
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