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Failure to abate safety violations gets Milwaukee company in hot water with OSHA

Failure to abate safety violations gets Milwaukee company in hot water with OSHA
Failure to abate safety violations gets Milwaukee company in hot water with OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on February 6, 2013, that Milwaukee’s Shindler Tire Recycling LLC received 12 safety violations during an inspection in November, which was a follow up to a previous violation. 

The November inspection found that the company did not comply with the first round of OSHA maintenance the agency proposed, and failed to adhere to previous hazard abatement strategies. The company failed to implement a written hazard communication program that would have been used to keep workers informed on OSHA requirements. 

By not complying with the agency, the company now owes $53,856 in fines. 

“Employers, such as Shindler Tire Recycling, have a responsibility to correct safety violations and to train their workers on job safety and health requirements,” said 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.”

OSHA gave the company two abate citations for not providing the proper documents that show how it would have fixed the problems noted in the first inspection. These included the missing hazard communication program as well as a lack of information and training of employees. The original citations were given in August 2011. 

Shindler Tire also received eight repeat violations, which OSHA defines as one that 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.”

The repeat violations included poor housekeeping and dust accumulations, failure to guard large equipment and machinery such as nip points, a wheel work rest and wheel tongue guard and for storing tires and waste that could have caused a collapse. 

The company also did not have necessary safety data sheets on hand and employees were exposed to open electrical equipment. 

Repeat violations can lead to high costs for companies. OSHA also issued repeat violation citations to one Pennsylvania soft drink company. After the incident, Jean Kulp, director of OSHA’s Allentown Area Office, stated that “OSHA will not tolerate employers jeopardizing the safety and health of workers.”

Keeping accurate records of all OSHA-mandated maintenance can ensure downtime due to inspection is kept to a minimum. 

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