The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Vforge Inc. of Lakewood, Colo., for machine safety hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries while working on “a forging machine.” The company faces proposed penalties of $225,046. OSHA cited the forge for two willful and two serious safety violations for failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures, provide adequate machine guarding and train employees in a language they understand. OSHA has placed Vforge Inc. in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
"Employers are legally required to implement appropriate procedures and provide training to protect their employees' safety," said OSHA Englewood Area Office Director David Nelson. "This tragedy could have been prevented if safety measures were in place to prevent machinery from starting while being serviced." Vforge Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.