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The Use of Merrill-Chinbro Beam Clamps


March 1, 1989

MEMORANDUM FOR:

REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

THRU:

  • LEO CAREY
  • Director
  • Office of Field Programs

FROM:

  • EDWARD BAIER
  • Director
  • Directorate of Technical Support

SUBJECT:

  • Safety Hazard Information Bulletin on the Use of Merrill-Chinbro Beam Clamps

The New York Regional Office has brought to our attention a serious hazard existing with the use of certain lifting clamps manufactured by the Campbell Chain Division of Cooper Tools. An accident investigation has revealed that the cause of the accident was the failure of a Merrill-Chinbro beam clamp.

The manufacturer discovered a potentially serious defect involving possible pin failures in its Merrill-Chinbro beam clamps which would result in the Clamps dropping their loads. The defective clamps are identified as Merrill-Chinbro models F-15, NS-15, F-25, NS-25, F-35, and NS-35. Campbell Chain has removed the clamps from its product line and has advised previous purchasers to discontinue the use of these models immediately. (See attachment.) Since some of the defective clamps may still be in use, compliance officers and consultants should be aware of the hazard associated with use of the above models.

Please distribute this bulletin to all Area Offices, State Plan States and Consultation Projects.

Attachment

  • COOPER TOOLS
  • COOPER INDUSTRIES

TO: MERRILL/CHINBRO CLAMP RECALL SELECTED MODEL #s.

Dear Merrill Customer:

Campbell Chain, a unit of Cooper Tools has discovered a potential danger which could result from the use of Merrill Chinbro Clamps Model numbers F15, NS15, F25, NS25, F35, NS35. As a result, we have released the attached recall announcement and are making all reasonable efforts to notify each user of the recall.

Our sales records show that your company has purchased one or more of the clamps involved in this recall. Could you please supply us with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of customers who have purchased these clamps from you so that we may contact them and arrange for the return of the clamps.

If you have any information regarding the location of these clamps, please call our Merrill Safety Engineer (collect) at (717) 755-2933. Written communication may be directed to the address shown below:

  • Merrill Safety Engineer
  • c/o Campbell Chain
  • 3990 East Market Street
  • York, PA 17402

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  • CAMPBELL
  • 3990 East Market Street
  • P.O. Box 3056,
  • York, PA 17402-0056
  • (717) 755-2933, Telex 84-041

BREWER-TITCHENER CAMPBELL- COVERT- CRESCENT- LUFKIN- MERRILL- NICHOLSON- PLUMB- TURNER- WELLER- WIRE-WRAP- WISS- XCELITE~

PRODUCT SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

Merrill/Chinbro Beam clamps Models F-15, NS-15, F-25, NS-25, F-35, NS-35

Campbell Chain, a unit of CooperTools has discovered a potential danger which could result from the use of MERRILL Chinbro Clamp Models number F-15, NS-15, F-25, NS-25, F-35, and NS-35. Continued use of these clamps may result in the clamp dropping its load. SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR BOTH MAY OCCUR FROM THE USE OF THESE CLAMPS. Please discontinue the use of these models immediately.

Please call collect our Merrill Safety Engineer at 717-755-2933 to arrange for the recall of all subject clamps. The expense for freight, repair or fair value (if unrepairable) will be covered by Campbell Chain. All written communications regarding this recall may be directed to the address below.

  • Merrill Safety Engineer
  • c/o Campbell Chain
  • 3990 East Market Street
  • York, PA 17402
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