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Unsafe Working Conditions at NE Bakery Net Over $122K in Fines

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Bimbo Bakeries USA faces $122,625 in proposed penalties for exposing workers to multiple hazards at its Bellevue commercial bakery. Federal workplace safety investigators cited the Bellevue facility for three repeat and three serious violations, since they had cited Bimbo twice before for similar hazards. Violations included lack of machine guarding, failing to provide fall protection and using a damaged electrical panel box.

In case you were not already aware, an electrical panel or box, also called a circuit breaker or fuse box, is designed to interrupt electricity upon detection of a fault condition, such as a circuit overload, a short circuit, or a ground fault. If the panel is not working correctly, it cannot control and detect all the electricity in a building and this can make the electricity too dangerous to use.

Moreover, although panels are meant to last a long time, it is important to have any panels in a building overseen by a professional electrician on a regular basis. Accordingly, you can learn more about the importance of contacting an electrician to deal with any electrical panel issues here: aardvark-electric.com/electrical-services/panel-replacement/.

Industrial machinery must be routinely inspected. Inspection of machinery is based on the grounds that the machine must be safe to use and machinery and equipment must be maintained in good and safe working condition. This includes mechanical parts, safety switches, emergency stops and guards, etc. Effectiveness of electrical components should also be assessed regularly for the safety of workers.

Martin Technical is aware that machine safety solutions must not hinder production or reduce the capacity unsafe working conditionsof a machine and a facility’s production.

During a machine safety inspection, each individual machine is registered. Defects are detected and recorded, photos taken and safety hazard discussed with the staff involved so we attain agreement on any suggested solution. After a machine safety inspection, Martin Technical delivers a report outlining the various deficiencies including photo documentation and a description of necessary changes. Many of our industrial customers use this report as a foundation from which staff can implement safety solutions.

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