The loss of four fingers apparently wasn’t enough to cause a New Jersey pet food manufacturer to correct workplace safety and health hazards identified in two different OSHA investigation.

After a follow up inspection to those earlier inspections - surrounding the finger amputations an employee suffered when a batch mixer activated while being cleaned - OSHA cited Hamiltime Herb Co. LLC for failing to:

  • develop a lockout/tagout program to prevent unexpected machine startup, and  
  • develop a respiratory protection program for employees required to wear tight-fitting respirators
  • adequately train and certify employees to operate a forklift and for
  • exposing employees to unguarded machinery

The company faces proposed penalties totaling $152,829.