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Tootsie Roll maker fined after worker loses a finger tip

A Cambridge candy factory has been fined $46,000 by the Occupational Health & Safety Administration after a temporary worker’s fingertip was severed by a candy-wrapping machine.

OSHA officials said Cambridge Brands Inc., a subsidiary of Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. of Chicago, did not adequately protect workers from “nip points” in machinery, along with other serious and repeated workplace violations.

Those violations stem from citations in 2010 and 2014 for a similar hazard at the company’s Chicago operation.

Company officials in Cambridge and Chicago could not immediately be reached for comment.

The worker, who was not identified, lost part of his left index finger on Jan. 6.


The agency also cited MJR Management, a Boston staffing company doing business as Snelling Staffing Services, that supplied and paid workers at the Cambridge factory. It issued two serious violations of workplace safety standards, including a failure to properly train workers, and fined the company $9,000.

“We found that temporary workers did not receive the same level of training as permanent employees at Cambridge Brands,” OSHA area director Anthony Covello said in a statement.

In addition, neither employer informed OSHA of the worker’s injury as required by law, Covello said.

Each company has 15 business days to comply with the terms of the citations or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Ed Diamond, an owner of Snelling Staffing Services, said Wednesday morning that the accident was the first time a worker employed by the agency has been hurt in 18 years. He said it was unclear what steps he would take and was meeting with OSHA officials Wednesday.

“We obviously take this very seriously,” Diamond said. “We’ve been there for him as much as we can.”

According to Diamond, Cambridge Brands primarily produces Charleston Chew and Junior Mints candies.


Megan Woolhouse can be reached at megan.woolhouse@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @megwoolhouse.