OSHA states that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. was deficient in protecting employees at its Social Circle, GA, facility from potential harm or death.
According to the federal agency, investigators who inspected the site in August 2017 found that the company had failed to provide effective personal protective equipment to employees exposed to burn hazards.
Moreover, OSHA alleged the company did not provide procedures for controlling hazardous energy during equipment maintenance operations, and exposed workers to burns from heated tire treads, and caught-in hazards from unguarded machines.
Proposed penalties total $69,058.
In another case, auto parts manufacturer HP Pelzer Systems Automotive Inc. was cited for safety violations after an employee suffered a finger amputation at its Thomson, GA facility. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $129,336, the maximum amount allowed.
OSHA investigators found that the employee was removing a gearbox motor from an energized scissor lift when it rotated, severing the tip of the employee’s finger. OSHA cited the employer for one repeat citation for failing to train employees on energy control procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting during maintenance and service. The investigation was initiated as a result of the amputation and under the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry.
OSHA Atlanta-East Area Office Director William Fulcher, said, “Employers must provide adequate training and appropriate protective equipment to ensure the safety of their employees. This company has a history of repeated disregard for safety requirements, exposing workers to amputation hazards. OSHA will continue to hold this company accountable to ensure the safety of employees.”