Safety Hazards at CT Gauge Maker

Friday, July 29, 2016 @ 04:07 PM gHale


An Uncasville, CT, manufacturer that makes tachometers and speed-measuring devices is facing $44,100 in fines for 11 serious violations, including obvious amputation, crushing, and electrical hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators inspected Faria Beede Instruments, Inc. as part of its national emphasis program to reduce workplace machine and equipment hazards which are causing or likely to cause amputations.

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“Moving machine parts can cause severe workplace injuries — such as crushed fingers or hands and amputations — if they are not guarded to prevent contact. Unguarded power presses and saws put Faria Beede Instruments’ manufacturing facility employees at risk of such injuries,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director for Hartford. “An employer that ensures required guards are in place and effective can prevent worker injuries. Faria Beede is responsible for correcting these conditions before disabling or deadly injuries occur.”

In its inspection on May 16, OSHA found the company failed to:
• Ensure the guard on a power press prevented entry of hands or fingers into the point of operation
• Install a spreader on hand-fed circular rip saw to prevent wood from striking the operator
• Ensure a mechanical power press had a single stroke safety mechanism to prevent unintended operation
• Ensure pressure vessels used in conjunction with power presses had pressure relief valves
• Provide guards for a mechanical power press using sensing point of operation devices
• Ensure barrier guard openings on mechanical power presses did not exceed maximum allowable dimensions
• Prevent the hand-control device and point of operation on a mechanical press from being too close
• Develop or implement an inspection program for mechanical power presses
• Close openings in electrical panels that exposed workers to live parts
• Prevent flexible cords and cables from being used as a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure
• Ensure maintenance workers were trained regarding what work practices and protective equipment would safeguard them from electric shock hazards

Established in 1956, Faria Beede Instruments Inc. manufactures analog and digital gauges for industrial, recreational use in automobiles and boats in Uncasville and Penacook, New Hampshire.