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Section: 56.14205
Date: 06/16/2010
District: NC
Negligence: Moderate
Injury or Illness: Unlikely
Injury or illness could be expected to be: Lost Workdays or Restricted Only
Significant and Substantial: No

Condition or Practice: The Milwaukee lhp bench grinder tongue guard was set over the 1/4 inch from the grinding wheel. The Left grinding wheel was set at 1 1/4 inch and the left grinding wheel was set at 1 inch from the grinding wheel. The grinding wheel has some wear in the center of the wheels but still had life left on each wheel. The expected injury would be cuts and hazard would be fragments from a broken wheel. Location welding shop.

Action to Terminate: The tongue guard was adjusted

Why this concerns you: The inspector cited this under one of the "Rules to Live By" elevated enforcement standards. The cited standard states that "tools shall not be used beyond the capacity designed by the manufacturer", as opposed to 56.14115 which is very specific as to what guarding is required on a stationary grinder. The inspector did not witness the grinder in use, and would therefore be unable to make a verifiable determination as to whether the grinder was being used beyond it's intended design.

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