An inspection at a Cheshire company that makes art reproductions has yielded a string of work-safety violations, including failure to assure that employees are trained to prepare industrial saws for maintenance, and gaps in training on responses to chemical hazards, federal authorities say.
Artbeats Inc. faces a proposed fined of $56,430, said officials at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bridgeport office.
OSHA's action, announced Tuesday, stems from a December 2013 inspection. Investigators found some of the same violations for which the company was cited in 2010, OSHA's area director, Robert Kowalski, said in a statement. The repeat violations included failure to protect against the use of unapproved electrical equipment in sections of the plant that generate combustible wood dust, OSHA said.
Artbeats Inc. has 15 days to tell OSHA whether the company will contest the fines, or enter into settlement negotiations with the Bridgeport office.
In all, the company was cited for eight repeat violations, as well as a new hazard — an inadequately guarded radial arm saw, OSHA said.