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On Safety: A closer look at OSHA’s ‘Top 10’ violations – Part VIII


For the food manufacturing industry, a total of 2,723 violations were issued, of which 1,952 were cited as serious. The top 10 standards cited are:

Rank OSHA standard No. of violations Standard description
1 1910.212(a)(1) 205 Machine Guarding – General machine guarding
2 1910.147(c)(4) 168 Lockout/Tagout – Lack of written energy control procedures
3 1910.147(c)(7) 108 Lockout/Tagout – Lack of training and education for employees
4 1904.147(c)(6) 80 Lockout/Tagout – Failure to conduct periodic inspections
5 1910.212(a)(3) 78 Machine Guarding – Failure to use point of operation guarding
6 General Duty Clause – Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act 56 General Duty Clause
7 1910.147(d) 46 Lockout/Tagout – Failure to implement implementation procedures
8 1910.1200(e)(1) 43 Hazard Communication – Lack of a written program
9 1910.28(b)(1) 40 Fall Protection – Protection against unguarded/unprotected sides and edges greater than 4 feet above the lower surface
10 1910.147(c)(1) 35 Lockout/Tagout – Lack of a written program

The most frequent violations cited were related to the standard on lockout/tagout (1910.147). Also reaching into the Top 10 was the General Duty Clause, with 56 violations cited. Hazards cited under the clause (ranked from most to the fewest) included:

  • Struck-by or caught-in
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Combustible dust
  • Steam pressure hazards
  • Fall hazards
  • Amputation hazards
  • Equipment overpressurization
  • Chemical overexposures
  • Explosion hazards
  • Ergonomics
  • Potential for an ammonia release

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