Connecticut manufacturer cited for unapproved electrical equipment and more
By Anthony Capkun
February 18, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited Artbeats Inc. of Connecticut for “repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards” at its Cheshire facility.
Inspectors found several hazards similar to those cited in June 2010 at the company’s Waterbury facility, including failing to provide a program to ensure workers are trained to power down and lockout industrial saws prior to conducting maintenance, and preventing the use of unapproved electrical equipment in areas that generate and accumulate combustible wood dust.
“An employer must ensure hazards are consistently and effectively addressed to provide employees a safe and healthful work environment,” said Robert Kowalski, OSHA’s area director in Bridgeport.