Pa. chocolate plant ’embracing’ OSHA after 2 hurt

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of a Pittsburgh-area candy factory threatened with more than $170,000 in federal workplace safety fines says the rapidly growing firm is “embracing” efforts by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve safety.

Pete Tsudis’ (SOO’-dis) comments Tuesday come after OSHA proposed $87,260 in fines for OSHA violations discovered after a worker’s hand and wrist were crushed in a machine that started unexpectedly in February at Tsudis Chocolate Co. in O’Hara Township.

OSHA also sought more than $84,000 in fines after a worker suffered serious head injuries in October 2011, when a molding machine started prematurely.

OSHA contends some of the company’s machines aren’t properly locked out to prevent accidental starts.

Tsudis says the company’s safety programs are “the strongest they have ever been” and will evolve as the company grows.

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