Vista Window Company of Warren, Ohio, is facing $79,200 in proposed penalties after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the company for 16 serious and three other-than-serious violations on April 30.

OSHA’s investigation began with an inspection of the Vista Window facility on Oct. 22, 2014. The agency’s Cleveland office began the probe after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. This was the first OSHA inspection at the company.

Investigators found Vista Window failed to protect workers from operating machinery by the use of guards. The company also failed to develop procedures for applying locking devices to prevent the unintentional operation of machinery during service and maintenance. Both of these violations exposed workers to amputation hazards.

Additionally, OSHA found that the company failed to provide hearing and eye protection for workers wearing prescription lenses, electrical safety violations, a lack of audiograms for employees exposed to noise, and a lack of training on workplace hazards and procedures.

“OSHA inspectors found numerous machines operating without required safe guards and procedures to protect workers from coming in contact with moving parts,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Each year thousands of workers suffer lacerations, bruises, amputations and other serious injuries because these procedures are not in place and workers are not trained to recognize dangers. Vista Window Company needs to make immediate changes to its safety and health programs.”

DWM reached out to Vista Window for comment, but at press time hadn’t received a reply.

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