OSHA Cites Lakewood Metal Fabricator for Endangering Workers

G2K Corp., a Lakewood, Colorado metal fabricator, has been fined $82,600 for allegedly exposing its workers to crushing hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed the fine after issuing 13 citations to G2K for safety violations, including citations for willful and repeat violations, according to an OSHA news release.

The violations come in the wake of a worker being seriously injured in a March accident at G2K when an overhead crane dropped a load, pinning the worker to the ground. The worker had to have his leg amputated at the knee.

Of the 13 violations G2K was cited for, eight were serious violations, including:

  • Failing to inspect lifting slings and remove damaged slings from service
  • Failing to properly adjust work rests and peripheral guards on bench grinders
  • Failing to provide seat belts for or conduct daily inspections of forklift-powered industrial trucks
  • Failing to correct hazard communication program deficiencies
  • Failing to secure grinders and drill presses to the floor

“The employers’ lack of preparedness is unconscionable, and OSHA will not tolerate exposing workers to such negligence,” said David Nelson, OSHA’s Englewood area director.

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