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Lakewood, Colorado-based Vforge Inc. is facing $225,046 in fines for machine safety hazards after an employee suffered fatal injuries while working on a forging machine, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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.

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In addition, OSHA 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.”

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