Chocolate Maker Faces Safety Fines

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 @ 01:04 PM gHale


Tsudis Chocolate Co. is facing fines of $84,150 for two repeat and 14 serious safety violations at its Pittsburgh, PA, candy manufacturing facility, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA opened an inspection after a worker sustained head injuries while setting up operations on a machine that started up inadvertently. Tsudis employs 135 workers at the Pittsburgh facility.

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“A machine was not locked out to prevent the accidental start up that caused this worker’s injuries,” said Robert Szymanski, director of OSHA’s Pittsburgh Area Office. “By not complying with OSHA’s standards, this company continues to leave its workers vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injury and possible death.”

The repeat violations involve failing to provide workers with adequate training in safe energy control and electrical work practices. A repeat violation exists when an employer had a previous citation for 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. The company had similar violations in October 2010.

The serious violations involve deficient energy control procedures, improper storage of materials, inadequate machine guarding, electrical hazards and failing to provide proper exits/means of egress. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer know or should have known.



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