Prior 'serious''OSHA violations at window business where man crushed

Victim crushed to death under 2 tons of glass

AURORA, Colo. - An Aurora window business where a worker was killed by 4,000 pounds of glass Saturday has past 'serious' violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

7NEWS found that the problems at Manko Window Systems in Aurora involved abrasive wheel machinery; maintenance and safeguards for exit routes; power tools and equipment; and industrial trucks.
OSHA opened the case in May of 2011 and closed it in July. Records show initial penalties for the violations added up to $11,050.

At around 8:30 Saturday morning, Aurora fire officials said a worker became trapped under 4,000 pounds of glass in two wooden crates at the business, located at 7500 E. 22nd Avenue, between Tower and Airport roads. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and has not been identified yet.

7NEWS spoke to the victim's co-worker who described him as a good man and good employee. The worker, who did not want to be identified, said he feels Manko is a safe environment and stressed that accidents happen in this line of work.

A representative for Manko Window Systems said Sunday that he had no comment on the accident or the prior OSHA violations.

OSHA is now investigating Saturday's deadly accident.



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