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BCW Food Products Inc. in Dallas faces $53,900 in fines for 12 serious safety violations and one serious health violation for exposing workers to possible amputations and other hazards, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA’s Dallas Area Office began its investigation June 4 at the company’s facility on Denton Drive following a report that an employee ended up trapped in a blending mixer while performing maintenance work.

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BCW Food Products is a manufacturing company that specializes in custom mixes, bases and concentrates. It has three facilities in Texas and seven warehouses in Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, Illinois and Texas.

“This company failed to adequately protect its employees from possible amputations and other safety hazards,” said Stephen Boyd, OSHA’s area director in Dallas. “If OSHA’s standards had been followed, it is possible that this life-threatening accident could have been avoided.”

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The safety violations involve failing to ensure the maintenance of floor openings, ensure adherence to lockout/tagout procedures for the energy sources of equipment, ensure the use of proper machine guarding on shaft ends and dough mixers, and establish a written exposure control plan for cleaning blood spills.

The health violation is failing to develop and implement a hearing conservation program. 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.

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