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2023 Update: Navigating OSHA's Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently released its top 10 list of the most frequently cited safety violations for the fiscal year 2023. Out of the top 10 violations, 2 of these are related to Fall Protection. This list serves as a guide for employers, safety managers, and employees to understand the potential hazards that exist in the workplace. In this blog post, we’ll discuss each violation and provide strategies for mitigating the risks. It should be no surprise that The Fall Protection Standard remains the most frequently cited OSHA standard, as it has been for the 13th consecutive year. Fall Protection, Training Requirements, comes in at number 8 on the list.

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The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Safety Standards for 2023

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

Falls remain the leading cause of workplace accidents and fatalities, and failure to provide adequate fall protection equipment is the most frequently cited violation. Employers can mitigate this risk by providing the appropriate safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, safety nets, and personal fall arrest systems. Employers should also conduct regular safety audits and provide employees with regular training in the proper use of fall protection equipment.

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  • 2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 3,213 violations

Proper communication of hazardous chemicals is critical to maintaining a safe working environment. Employers need to ensure that employees are aware of the hazards of chemicals they use and the proper precautions to take. Employers should maintain accurate safety data sheets, provide training, and use clear labeling for hazardous substances.

Ladders are a common sight in many workplaces, but they can be hazardous if not used correctly. This sixth most frequently cited violation covers a range of ladder-related issues, such as damaged or improperly set-up ladders, and employees overreaching or standing on the top rungs of ladders.

  • 4. Scaffolding (1926.451): 2,859 violations

Scaffolding is often used in construction and other industries, but it can pose a danger if not properly used. The fifth most frequently cited violation involves issues regarding scaffolding, including improperly constructed or inadequately maintained scaffolds.

  • 5. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,561 violations

Powered industrial trucks such as forklifts pose a danger if not used correctly. This seventh most frequently cited violation relates to issues such as unsafe use, inadequate training, and failure to properly maintain equipment.

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The Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Workplace Safety Standards for 2023 (cont.)

  • 6. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,481 violations

This standard establishes the minimum performance criteria for controlling hazardous energy during the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment.


  • 7. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 2,481 violations

Employers can mitigate the risk of respiratory injury by conducting a personal protective equipment assessment, providing appropriate training, and proper selection of respirators. Employers should evaluate the workplace to identify any sources of respiratory hazards and take the necessary steps to control and mitigate risks.

  • 8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503): 2,112 violations

In addition to providing fall protection equipment, employers must ensure their employees are properly trained to use this equipment. This eight most frequently cited violation can be avoided with appropriate employee training on the proper use of fall protection systems.

  • 9. Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection (1926.102): 2,074 violations

Employers should provide proper training and ensure that employees understand the importance of using fall protection systems. Employers should provide regular training and make sure employees use the proper fall protection equipment for the task at hand.

  • 10. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,644 violations

Machine guarding regulations exist to protect employees from injury while operating machinery. Employers can implement strategies such as machine guarding, employee training, routine maintenance, and proper selection of personal protective equipment to mitigate the risks associated with machinery.


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Proactive Steps to Tackle OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations

OSHA's top 10 list of safety violations serves as an important reminder that employers must take the necessary steps to protect their workers from accidents and injuries. Employers can mitigate these risks by providing proper training, personal protective equipment, and implementing strategic measures such as routine inspection and maintenance. By implementing a culture of safety within the workplace, employers can drastically reduce OSHA violations and provide a safe work environment for their employees.

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