The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2023.

Eric Harbin, OSHA Region 6 administrator, presented the preliminary data during the 2023 National Safety Council’s (NSC) Safety Congress & Expo in New Orleans, LA.

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,” said Lorraine Martin, NSC president and CEO.

“As a safety community,” she adds, “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:

1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 7,271 violations.

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.

Editor’s note: Generally, OSHA does not post the top 10 violations until after the first week in April, so as to allow the prior fiscal year’s inspection data to finalize past the close of the fiscal year (Sept. 30).