OSHA cites Liberty Tire for violations at Florida site

Tire recycling firm cited for repeat and serious safety violations.

June 18, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Tires

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Liberty Tire Recycling LLC’s, Port St. Lucie, Florida, facility for repeat and serious safety violations for exposing its workers to falls, fire/explosion and dangerous, unguarded equipment. The company was cited following a site-specific targeting inspection in January 2014. Proposed penalties for the firm total $45,000.

"This employer repeatedly failed to address previously cited fall and unguarded machinery violations, which were brought to management's attention two months ago," says Condell Eastmond, OSHA area director in Fort Lauderdale. "These hazards need to be eliminated from the workplace immediately to ensure workers are protected from serious injury or death."

Two repeat citations, carrying penalties of $30,000, were issued for exposing workers to fall hazards while working on platforms that lacked guardrails or had incomplete guardrails and for exposing workers to caught-in hazards while they worked near unguarded shaft and conveyor belts. In November 2013, the company, which is based in Pittsburgh, was cited for these same violations at its facility in Saltillo, Mississippi, OSHA says.

Three serious violations, with $15,000 in penalties, were noted for exposing workers to safety hazards while a powered industrial truck was operating with no functioning backup alarm or front lights. Additionally, employees were exposed to fire/explosion hazards from the accumulation of rubber dust and hazards from unguarded dangerous machinery on conveyors, OSHA says.