Last year, the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Division found more than 9,000 serious violations at nearly 5,000 workplaces. Here are the 10 most frequently cited serious violations in private-sector general industry, followed by the specific OSHA standard:
- Machine guarding, 1910.212(a)(1)
- General duty clause (Employers shall provide a workplace free from recognized hazards), N.C. General Statute 95-129(1)
- Abrasive wheel machine guarding exposure adjustments, 1910.215(b)(9)
- Continuous grounding path, 1910.304(f)(4)
- Eye and body drenching or flushing facilities, 1910.151(c)
- Abrasive wheel machinery work rests, 1910.215(a)(4)
- Eye and face protection, 1910.133(a)(1)
- Points of operation guarding, 1910.212(a)(3)(ii)
- Protection from open-sided floors, platforms and runways, 1910.23(c)(1)
- Unused openings in electrical boxes or fittings, 1910.305(b)(1)
Note: A recent report shows that North Carolina’s worker injury and illness rate dropped last year to its lowest rate since record-keeping began in 1975.
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