September 25, 2018
U.S. Department of Labor Cites Metal Forging Company,
Proposes $225,046 in Penalties
LAKEWOOD, CO – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Vforge Inc. – based in Lakewood, Colorado – 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 Vforge Inc. 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.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.
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Release Number: 18-1545-DEN
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