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Bazzini Holdings LLC is facing $56,400 in fines for 15 workplace safety and health violations following an incident in which a worker suffered an arm amputation at the company’s Allentown, PA, facility, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

Bazzini Holdings, which employs 250 workers at the Allentown site, manufactures fine chocolates and nut products.

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OSHA’s inspection, initiated in November 2011 after the agency learned of the amputation, found three repeat, eight serious and four other-than-serious violations.

The repeat violations involve electrical hazards and uncovered projecting shafts. The same violations the company faced in 2008. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has had the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

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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.

The other-than-serious violations involve missing electrical covers, unsecured machinery and personal protective equipment deficiencies. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“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.”

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