The list of the most frequently cited OSHA standards hasn't changed much in recent years. In fact, the top four standards on this year's list are the same ones that made up the top four in fiscal year 2012 – in the same order.

What's different this year is that an OSHA official was not on hand at the 2013 National Safety Congress and Expo for the unveiling of the top 10 list.

"I've had the privilege of hosting this presentation the last five years, and every year we've had an official from OSHA here to talk with you about these top 10 violations and how they relate to workplace hazards and what they mean to workplace safety," Kyle Morrison, senior associate editor for the National Safety Council's Safety and Health magazine, told a large crowd on the expo floor at the McCormick Place in Chicago.

"This year is different. Due to the recent government shutdown, an OSHA official will not be here today."

In a brief presentation, Morrison unveiled the preliminary figures for the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards in fiscal year 2013. They are:

  1. Fall protection (1926.501) – 8,241 violations
  2. Hazard communication (1910.1200) – 6,156
  3. Scaffolding (1926.451) – 5,423
  4. Respiratory protection (1910.134) – 3,879
  5. Electrical, wiring methods (1910.305) – 3,452
  6. Powered industrial trucks (1910.178) – 3,340
  7. Ladders (1926.1053) – 3,311
  8. Lockout/tagout (1910.147) – 3,254
  9. Electrical, general requirements (1910.303) – 2,745
  10. Machine guarding (1910.212) – 2,701