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OSHA releases top 10 safety violations for 2023: Fall protection retains stubborn spot at the top

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October 24, 2023
By Todd Humber

Health & Safety NSC OSHA Top 10

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NEW ORLEANS — Fall protection is the top safety violation in the United States, according to new data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). That’s the 13th year in the row it has taken the top spot.

OSHA unveiled its Top 10 Safety Violations list for fiscal 2023 today at the National Safety Council’s 2023 Congress & Expo in New Orleans. Eric Harbin, OSHA Region 6 administrator, presented the data during a special session.

“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.”

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): 2,560
  • 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



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