by , on September 13, 2009

OSHA proposes $125,000 in fines for Watertown, Mass., manufacturer for electrical, chemical and respirator hazards
OSHA has cited Fluid Management Systems Inc. for 29 alleged willful, serious and other-than-serious violations of safety and health standards at its Watertown, Mass., production plant. The manufacturer of analytical instruments faces a total of $125,000 in proposed penalties, chiefly for electrical, chemical and respirator hazards.

“Our inspection found employees working in close proximity to energized electrical circuits without proper training or personal protective equipment,” said Paul Mangiafico, OSHA’s area director for Middlesex and Essex counties. “OSHA standards require that circuits be de-energized before employees work on them and that appropriate personal protective equipment be supplied and used in those rare instances where de-energizing is not feasible.”

Among the other electrical-related hazards found during the inspection were instances of unguarded or uncovered live electrical parts, equipment and openings; failing to de-energize live electrical parts before working on them; not training employees in safe electrical work practices; and allowing unqualified employees to work on energized equipment.

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