The company is Assura Windows and Doors and it was initially fined $162,688 after 27 OSHA violations were discovered during three separate inspections. The Miami Herald reported that on October 24th, October 30th, and November 7th, inspections were conducted at Assura’s Powerline Road facility in Pompano Beach, FL and all three turned up some rather serious violations that put employee safety at risk.
Some of the violations that were listed in the citations included:
- “A lack of machine guarding.”
- “Failing to develop and implement a hazardous energy control program.”
- “Improperly storing and handling flammable materials and electric shock hazards.”
- “Failing to provide an effective conservation programand adequate personal protective equipment.”
- “Not anchoring machinery.”
- “Exposing employees to slip and trip hazards.”
- Failing to “give proper eye protection for people who wore prescription glasses but worked around “flying particles and chemical hazards” while putting together windows.”
- It “didn’t give proper protection for welders’ arms, and at least one welding area didn’t have a fire extinguisher in the immediate area.”
- “Some punch presses and saws lacked proper guards or had a guard with an opening that was too large, the type of violations that can cost people digits or hands.”
- Assura employees were allegedly exposed to 87 to 91.3 decibels although a person can suffer hearing damage if they are exposed to 80 to 85 decibels after two or more hours [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].
While the company was facing a rather hefty fine as inspectors did uncover dozens of violations, after abatement actions and settlements, the company managed to get the total reduced to $81,344. The source highlighted that the company has not had any violations aside from these in the past 10 years.
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