Bristol manufacturer fined by OSHA

A Bristol manufacturer is facing hefty fines following an inspection by OSHA’s (U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Hartford Area Office. According to a press release, an inspection of the Bristol wire products manufacturer, Radcliff Wire Inc., began on July 23 of last year, under OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting Program, and resulted in $109,340 in proposed fines. The inspection concluded that the company was being fined for “serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards.”
Radcliff Wire, located at 97 Ronzo Rd., was fined before in October of 2009 for similar violations that included gaps in personnel trainings; using fixed wiring rather than extension cords; arc flashes or arc blasts while trouble-shooting or working on live electrical equipment and more which resulted in a $53,900 fine.
According to the press release, fifteen serious citations, with $55,440 in fines, regard new violations, including failing to prevent the plant electrician from working on live electrical equipment before it was deenergized; provide a program to inspect the hydrogen piping systems for defects or hazards; inspect protective gloves every six months; and store flammable chemicals properly. Additional serious citations include failing to dispose of flammable rags properly; provide a written chemical hazard communication program; label hazardous chemical containers; guard moving machine parts; prevent excess air pressure for a cleaning hose; provide protective goggles while operating a cleaning hose; provide eye protection for those working with corrosive chemicals; periodically inspect slings used to lift dies; and additional electrical hazards. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.”
The release said Radcliff Wire has 15 business days to comply, meet informally with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the release added.