The maker of SuperPretzel is facing over $200,000 in fines after an industrial accident that injured a worker at its Pennsauken, NJ, facility.
A J&J Snack Foods Corp. worker suffered a partial finger amputation because the snack-food maker failed to correct prior violations of safety procedures for its equipment, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The company faces $206,019 in proposed penalties, OSHA officials said.
“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. “Employers are legally required to implement appropriate procedures and provide training to protect employees.”
The company, located at 6000 Central Highway in a Pennsauken industrial park, manufactures dozens of popular snack foods like soft pretzels, churros, water ice, and frozen lemonade. It includes popular brands like SuperPretzel, Luigi’s, Oreo Churros and Icee, among others.
Dixon-Roderick said OSHA inspectors determined the worker was cleaning a machine when it activated.
OSHA cited the company for “willfully failing to conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures used to de-energize equipment when cleaning; failing to implement lockout procedures to prevent unintentional machine start-up and to train employees on these procedures and hazards.”