OSHA Reveals Top 10 Safety Violations at NSC Safety Congress & Expo

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently 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.

"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," says 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."

Here are the top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023, which ended Sept. 30:

  • Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,271 violations
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,213 violations
  • Ladders (1926.1053): 2,978 violations
  • Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,859 violations
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,561 violations
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,554 violations
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,481 violations
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 2,112 violations
  • Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 2,074 violations
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,644 violations


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