The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Shindler Tire Recycling LLC, Milwaukee, Wis., with 12 safety violations. The violations were issued after a November 2012 follow-up inspection found the employer failed to abate previous citations by developing a written hazard communication program and training workers on its requirements, according to OSHA. The proposed fines total $53,856.
Two failure-to-abate citations were issued for failing to provide documentation as to how the employer corrected deficiencies involving the lack of a written hazard communication program and information and training for employees. These were cited by OSHA in an August 2011 inspection.
Eight repeat violations address what OSHA calls a lack of housekeeping and dust accumulations; inadequate guarding on machinery, including nip points, a wheel work rest and wheel tongue guard; storing tires in a manner that created a collapse hazard; failing to have available material safety data sheets, cover unused openings on electrical equipment and maintain electrical equipment free from hazards, according to OSHA. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited during both the August 2011 and November 2012 inspections.
One serious violation was cited for failing to enclose horizontal shafting. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Additionally, one other-than-serious violation was issued for failing to cover a floor hole. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
“Employers such as Shindler Tire Recycling have a responsibility to correct safety violations and to train their workers on job safety and health requirements,” says Carlos Gallegos, OSHA’s acting area director in Milwaukee. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”
Shindler Tire Recycling has 15 business days from the receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.