Hialeah, Fla.-based CGI Windows and Doors is facing fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an accident in which one of its workers suffered what OSHA is calling a “partial finger amputation.” According to an OSHA report, the incident occurred Monday, November 19, while a worker was operating a punch press without proper protection.
CGI, owned by parent company PGT Industries Inc., is now facing up to $389,545 in fines. According to OSHA officials, fines account for the “maximum amount allowed by law for the violations that can cause life-altering injury.” The door and window manufacturer currently employs 516 workers at its Hialeah, Fla., facility, which company officials say they maintain as a safe work environment, despite the incident.
“We work hard every day to make sure our employees have a safe place to work and that they work safely,” says Bob Keller, senior vice president of Florida operations at PGT Innovations. “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.”
CGI was also cited for the following violations:
- A lack of machine guarding on several pieces of equipment;
- Failing to implement a program for inspecting mechanical power presses and correcting unsafe conditions; and
- Failing to develop specific procedures to verify the control of hazardous energy.
OSHA issued additional citations for CGI’s failures to: ensure employees wear hearing protection, address electrical hazards, anchor down a drill press and 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,” says OSHA Fort Lauderdale area office director Condell Eastmond.
CGI will have 15 business days to comply with OSHA citations.
“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,” Keller says. “Any hazard identified was expeditiously abated.”