OSHA Fines Total $398,545 in Guarding Case

OSHA cited the company for a lack of machine guarding on several pieces of equipment, for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and for failing to develop specific procedures to verify hazardous energy was controlled.

OSHA has cited PGT Industries Inc. – operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc. in Hialeah, Fla. – for machine guarding hazards after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. The window and door manufacturer faces $398,545 in penalties, including the maximum amount allowed by law for the violations that can cause life-altering injury.

OSHA cited the company for a lack of machine guarding on several pieces of equipment, for failing to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and for failing to develop specific procedures to verify hazardous energy was controlled.

OSHA also issued citations for the company's failure to ensure employees wore hearing protection, to correct electrical hazards, anchor a drill press, and to record injuries and illnesses within seven calendar days.

"This employer knowingly disregarded machine guarding requirements intended to protect employees from caught-in and amputation hazards," said OSHA Fort Lauderdale Area Office Director Condell Eastmond.

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