OSHA Enforcement

Hialeah, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited PGT Industries Inc. – operating as CGI Windows and Doors Inc. in Hialeah, Florida – 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 failing to develop specific procedures to verify the control of hazardous energy.

In addition, OSHA 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.

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

Montgomery, AL – In another amputation case, OSHA has cited Sabel Steel Service Inc. for exposing employees to amputation, fall, and other hazards at four of the company’s facilities. The manufacturer faces $320,261 in penalties.

OSHA conducted separate inspections at the company’s facilities in Montgomery, Dothan, and Theodore, Alabama; and in Newnan, Georgia.

OSHA cited the company for the following:

  • Exposing employees to amputations hazards;
  • Failing to use safety procedures to control the release of hazardous energy during machine maintenance or servicing;
  • Failure to provide fall protection and conduct medical evaluations to determine an employee’s ability to use a respirator; and
  • Improperly storing oxygen, propane and acetylene cylinders, and electrical and fire hazards.

The inspections are part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

Oakland—Cal/OSHA has cited general contractor Bay Construction Co. for dismantling a trench box while an employee was still working inside. Investigators found the employer committed willful-serious safety violations by unsafely removing a linear support rail that fell and fatally crushed the worker.

Cal/OSHA issued nine citations to Bay Construction Co. with $141,075 in proposed penalties, including five classified as general, two serious, one serious accident-related and one willful-serious accident-related.

The willful-serious accident-related citation was issued for failing to ensure that no employees were in the trench shield while it was being dismantled. The serious accident-related citation was issued for the employer’s failure to use adequate hooks to remove the heavy linear rails.

The citations for serious violations were issued for failing to conduct daily inspections of the excavation site to identify any potential hazards and failure to implement multiple sections of the employer’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program, which includes training and instruction to employees working in excavations.