OSHA announced it has cited Florida window and doors manufacturer PGT Industries for machine guarding hazards after an employee suffered a partial finger amputation while working on an unguarded punch press. PGT Industries, doing business as CGI Windows and Doors, faces $398,545 in penalties, including the maximum amount permitted by law for violations that can cause life-altering injuries.

According to a news release from OSHA, CGI Windows and Doors lacked machine guarding on several pieces of equipment, failed to implement a program to inspect mechanical power presses and correct unsafe conditions, and failed to develop procedures to verify the control of hazardous energy. The company was also cited by OSHA for failing to mandate employees wore hearing protection, for failing to correct electrical hazard, and for failing to record injuries and illnesses in the mandated time period.

"The employer knowingly disregarded machine guarding requirements intended to protect employees from caught-in and amputation hazards," OSHA Fort Lauderdale area office director Condell Eastmond said.

PGI Industries has 15 days to either comply with the OSHA citation, to request an informal conference with their OSHA area director, or contest the findings.