The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Bazzini Holdings LLC with 15 workplace safety and health violations following an incident in which a worker’s arm was amputated at the company’s Allentown, Pennsylvania facility. Bazzini Holdings, which employs about 250 workers at the Allentown site, manufactures fine chocolates and nut products, the U.S. Department of Labor reported May 8.
OSHA’s inspection, initiated in November 2011 after the agency was notified of the amputation, found three repeat, eight serious, and four other-than-serious violations. The repeat violations involved electrical hazards and uncovered projecting shafts.
The serious violations included 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,