A Housasac power tool manufacturer says it could be the reason behind the time it took to clean a factory.
Houses of a former owner are shown at the Hauschka Power Tools & Equipment factory in Rochester, N.Y. (Photo: Richard Drew, AP)In the past, the company had an annual maintenance cycle of 10 to 15 minutes.
Now it says it will need to do about 90 minutes a day.
It’s one of several businesses affected by a new state law that took effect in June.
The law says businesses that have a minimum of 15 employees and that employ more than 1,000 people are required to have an inspection.
It also allows the state to fine businesses for failing to follow the rules, and to impose a penalty of up to $1 million.
The state said businesses are required by law to clean all machinery and other equipment onsite and have employees who are trained in the use of hand tools.
The industry group, American Power Tools, says the law is unnecessary because the state has been able to enforce its own inspection program for more than a decade.
Housatons are used for drilling and blasting, so the industry has grown as people have moved to the suburbs and rural areas, said Dave Sisk, the group’s president.