Amputation Brings Fine for Window Maker

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 12:11 PM gHale


Crystal Window & Door Systems PA LLC is facing $74,826 in fines for nine safety violations at its Dalton, PA, facility, said officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issued citations for eight serious and one other-than-serious safety violations.

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An inspection began May 16, after a complaint about an amputation injury in January at the window manufacturer’s Dalton facility not being reported to OSHA. The inspection was a part of OSHA’s national emphasis program focused on amputations.

Inspectors cited the company for serious violations involving:
• No established energy control program
• Powered industrial trucks 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
• Damaged electrical equipment

The other-than-serious violation was due to the lack of a written hazard communication program.

“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,” said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Area Office. “When employers fail to provide a safe workplace, we will hold them legally accountable.”

Since 1990, Crystal Window & Doors has grown to be one of the nation’s leading window manufacturers. Headquartered in Flushing, New York, the company and its subsidiaries have manufacturing facilities at four plants in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Riverside, California. Crystal employs over 400 people at its main factory, regional branches, subsidiaries and affiliate firms. Crystal branch offices are located in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri. Its products are in more than 35 states.



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