$ 1/2-Million Fines for Tire Manufacturer

Source: Vadim Ginzburg - 123RF

OSHA has issued a combined 22 citations to Kumho Tire Georgia Inc., Sae Joong Mold Inc., and J-Brothers Inc. after a follow-up inspection found safety and health hazards at the tire manufacturing facility in Macon, Georgia.

The three companies collectively face $523,895 in proposed penalties.

Violations for Kumho Tire Georgia Inc include:

  • Exposing employees to fall, struck-by, and burn hazards;
  • Failing to follow hazardous energy control procedures when employees performed service and maintenance on machinery;
  • Failing to train employees on energy control procedures; and
  • Failing to provide machine guarding on various pieces of equipment throughout the facility.

Proposed penalties total $507,299.

OSHA initiated the follow-up inspection of the tire manufacturer after the Agency did not receive abatement documents regarding a June 2017 inspection and citations. The Agency has now placed Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA cited Sae Joong Mold Inc. for using damaged slings and electrical hazards. Proposed penalties total $9,093.

The Agency cited J-Brothers Inc. for exposing employees to smoke inhalation and burn hazards by failing to mount portable fire extinguishers and failing to perform annual maintenance on fire extinguishers. Proposed penalties total $7,503.