OSHA Reveals Top 10 Citations List for 2023

Citations around working at heights again loom large

November 2, 2023

For the 13th consecutive year, general requirements for fall protection topped the list of the most-cited violations recorded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Region 6 Administrator Eric Harbin presented OSHA’s annual top 10 list at the recent National Safety Council (NSC) Safety Congress & Expo in New Orleans. The numbers covered the 2023 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2023).

Fall Protection-General Requirements featured a total of 7,271 violations, more than double that of the second-highest cited item, Hazard Communication (3,213). Ladders (2,978) and Scaffolding (2,859) came in third and fourth on the list, further highlighting the need for proper precautions when working at heights.

The order of the top 10 violations remained largely the same as in 2022, with only two items moving more than one spot in either direction. Respiratory Protection fell from fourth to seventh on the list, while Powered Industrial Trucks climbed from seventh to fifth.

OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Cited Safety Violations of 2023
Standard (Standard Number) – Violations

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

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