The A.L. Bazzini warehouse has been fined $56,400 for 15 health and safety violations at its Upper Macungie facility where a man’s arm was amputated in a machine last November.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported today that after investigating the amputation incident, an inspection of the facility found three repeat, eight serious and four other violations.
The repeat violations involve electrical hazards and uncovered projecting shafts.
The serious violations include additional electrical hazards as well as the company's failure to use specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy; provide general machine and power transmission guarding; develop and implement a hazard communication program; and implement a hearing conservation program that includes noise engineering controls, noise monitoring, audiometric testing and hearing conservation training.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
"Bazzini Holdings previously was cited for the same hazards and failed to correct them," said Jean Kulp, director of OSHA's Allentown Area Office, which conducted the inspection. "Employers are legally responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful workplace, and will be held liable should they fail to do so."
The remaining violations involve missing electrical covers, unsecured machinery and personal protective equipment deficiencies.
On November 11, 2011, a 46-year-old male lost his arm from the elbow in a machine, which prompted the investigation.
Bazzini Holdings, at 1035 Mill Road, employs about 250 workers and manufactures fine chocolates and nut products.