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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for exposing its employees to burn, hazardous energy, amputation and caught-in safety hazards, with proposed penalties of $69,058.
In August 2017, OSHA investigators inspected Goodyear’s Social Circle, Georgia, facility and found that the company failed to “provide effective personal protective equipment to employees exposed to burn hazards; did not provide procedures for controlling hazardous energy during equipment maintenance operations; and exposed employees to burns from heated tire treads, and caught-in hazards from unguarded machines,” the department said Wednesday in a statement.
“Our inspection found multiple safety deficiencies that put employees at risk of serious injury or death,” William Fulcher, Atlanta-based OSHA area office director, said in the statement. “Potential workplace hazards must be assessed and eliminated to ensure employees are afforded a safe work environment.”
“Nothing is more important at Goodyear than the safety of our associates,” a Goodyear spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. “We cooperated with OSHA during its inspection and are now following the standard administrative process for responding to citations. This is part of the formal process to engage with OSHA on its findings and seek a mutually acceptable resolution. We can’t discuss specifics while this is in progress.”
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