May 12, 1986
The Philadelphia Regional Office has brought to our attention a potentially serious safety hazard existing with the use of tubular wire manufacturing machines. Investigation of a tubular strander machine at the site of a fatal accident determined that the bobbin containing wire rope froze to the spinning enclosure due to a bearing failure (see attached photographs). As a result, the bobbin was thrown through the opening of the enclosure fatally striking an employee.
Based on field evaluation of the tubular strander the following feasible accident prevention methods are recommended for this machine and similar ones:
We recommend that compliance and consultation personnel be aware of the hazard addressed in this bulletin. Please disseminate this information to Area Offices, State Plan States, and Consultation Projects.Back to Top
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