In fiscal year 2023, and for the 13th consecutive year, “Fall protection, general requirements” was the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s most cited standard, with a total of 7,271 violations—more than double that of “Hazard communication,” the second most cited in FY2023, with 3,213 violations. “Fall protection, training requirements” was number eight on the list.
The violations are from U.S. businesses of all kinds but serve as a stark reminder for businesses whose employees work at height—such as aerial adventure parks, ropes courses, and zip line tours—to ensure compliance with OSHA standards.
OSHA has reportedly made enforcement a priority, and the maximum civil penalties for violations increased roughly 7.75 percent for FY2023, which ended Sept. 30. The agency’s budget also increased, and it’s reportedly going to use some of those funds to hire more inspectors.
Adventure Park Insider has published several articles to help aerial adventure and experiential operators comply with OSHA requirements and prepare for an OSHA inspection.