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Fall protection tops list of OSHA citations for 2023


NEW ORLEANS — For the 13th consecutive year, lack of fall protection topped the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2023.

OSHA tallied 7,271 violations of its general fall protection requirements, according to the list released Tuesday at the National Safety Council’s Safety Congress & Expo.

Ranked in order, the other top violations for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 include lapses in hazard communication, with 3,213 violations; ladders, 2,978; scaffolding, 2,859; powered industrial trucks, 2,560; lockout/tagout, 2,554; respiratory protection, 2,481; fall protection training requirements, 2,112; personal protective and lifesaving equipment, eye and face protection, 2,074; and machine guarding, 1,644.