Crystal Window Faces OSHA Fines

November 22nd, 2016 by Editor

Crystal Window & Door Systems is facing $74,826 in proposed fines from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for nine safety violations at its facility in Dalton, Pa. Eight of those violations are listed as serious.

According to OSHA, an inspection began at the Crystal facility  on May 16, 2016, after a complaint alleging that an amputation in January 2016 was not reported to the agency. The inspection was also conducted as part of OSHA’s national emphasis program focused on amputations.

“In January 2016, an employee of this company suffered a finger amputation on his first day of work. Since then, Crystal Window & Door Systems has not taken the necessary actions to correct the safety hazards that caused the amputation,” Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Area Office, said in a press release.

Inspectors cited Crystal for serious violations involving a lack of an established energy control program; powered industrial trucks (forklifts) operated by employees without proper training; unguarded machinery; a mechanical power press operated without a single-stroke mechanism, which prevents worker exposure to amputation hazards and other injuries; mechanical power presses not periodically and regularly inspected and tested; and damaged electrical equipment. The other-than-serious violation was due to the lack of a written hazard communication program.

“Most of these issues were abated within a few days of the inspection in May,” said Bob Nyman, a spokesman for Crystal Window. “Crystal is currently in discussions with OSHA regarding the amount of the fines.”

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