OSHA Cites PGT Innovations After Employee Injury

Window & Door
November 26, 2018
Companies
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited CGI Windows and Doors, owned by PGT Innovations Inc., for machine guarding hazards after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation while operating an unguarded punch press. The company faces $398,545 in fines, including the maximum amount allowed by law for the violations that can cause life-altering injury. 
 
Other OSHA citations include lack of machine guarding on several pieces of equipment, 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.
 
Bob Keller, senior vice president/Florida operations at PGT responded to the citations in a statement published by the Herald-Tribune. “We work hard every day to make sure our employees have a safe place to work and that they work safely,” says Keller. “We are committed to continuous improvement of our safety program, and we are committed to working with OSHA toward that goal. At CGI, our lost time injury rate and our recordable injury rate remain below industry average. That said, our goal is to eliminate all injuries, occupational illnesses and unsafe practices. We will continue to drive safety improvements and demonstrate our strong commitment to safety, because it is our sincere belief that all work-related injuries, illnesses and accidents are preventable. While we disagree with some of OSHA’s allegations in the citations, we share OSHA’s goal of ensuring the safety of each and every one of our team members and have fully cooperated with OSHA throughout the investigation. Any hazard identified was expeditiously abated,” he says.
 
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