Hamiltime Herb Co. LLC is facing $152,829 in fines for safety and health hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The investigation was a follow-up investigation from incidents in July and August last year at the Howell, New Jersey, facility.

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The citations include five for failure to abate and two serious violations.

Investigators cited the pet food manufacturer for failing to develop a lockout/tagout program to prevent unexpected machine startup, and a respiratory protection program for employees required to wear tight-fitting respirators; exposing employees to unguarded machinery; and failing to adequately train and certify employees to operate a forklift.

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The inspection was a follow-up to two investigations last year when an employee had four fingers amputated when a batch mixer activated while being cleaned.

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