South Jersey Pretzel Manufacturer Cited After Employee Suffers Amputation
Pennsauken, NJ (WorkersCompensation.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited pretzel manufacturer J&J Snack Foods Corp. after a worker at its Pennsauken, New Jersey, plant suffered a partial finger amputation. The company faces $206,019 in proposed penalties.
OSHA inspectors determined that the worker was cleaning a machine when it activated. OSHA cited the company for willfully failing to conduct periodic inspections of its energy control procedures used to de-energize equipment when cleaning; and failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent unintentional machine startup, and train employees on lockout/tagout procedures and hazards.
"The employer's failure to correct previously identified violations and follow basic safety standards resulted in this preventable incident," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, OSHA Area Director in Marlton, New Jersey. "Employers are legally required to implement appropriate procedures and provide training to protect employees."