OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations

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OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations

January 23, 2023

For the twelfth consecutive year Fall Protection – General Requirements in construction (1926.501) is number one on OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Standards list.

Even though OSHA cites businesses in the construction industry most often for fall protection violations, it’s important to realize “the hazard [falls] is present in most workplaces. Ladders, staircases, powered platforms, unprotected floor holes and any elevated work.” as stated by Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs in an interview with the National Safety Councils Safety+Health publication.

Top 10 most frequently cited violations – FY 2022
RankingStandardStandard NumberNumber of Violations
1Fall Protection – General Requirements1926.5015,260
2Hazard Communication1910.12002,424
3Respiratory Protection1910.1342,185
7Powered Industrial Trucks1910.1781,749
8Fall Protection – Training Requirements1926.5031,556
9Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment – Eye and Face Protection1926.1021,401
10Machine Guarding1910.2121,370


Additionally, OSHA recently enacted an Emphasis Program for Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) targeting businesses with warehousing and/or forklift operations. Please refer to the Lyons Risk Control TIP – OSHA Targets Warehousing for additional information.

If you have questions regarding how to prepare for an OSHA Inspection and / or OSHA Compliance please contact the Lyons Risk Control Department for assistance.