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Prime Packaging Partners LLC, a dog treat manufacturer, is facing $180,685 in fines for exposing employees to safety and health hazards at its Hatfield, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspectors investigated the facility in response to a complaint that an employee suffered an amputation from unguarded saw blades.

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Prime Packaging faces 22 serious, one willful and three other than serious violations.

OSHA cited the company for 19 violations, including failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures; blocking electrical panels; exposing workers to confined space, machine guarding, and electrical hazards, and failing to develop a hazard communication program.

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“These injuries can be prevented if the employer uses appropriate safety measures to protect workers from amputations,” said Jean Kulp, OSHA Allentown area office director.

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