The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Tireman Auto Service Centers Ltd. in Maumee, Ohio, with $177,800 in proposed penalties for alleged serious and willful violations for failing to protect workers.
As a result of an October 2009 inspection, after an accident in which four employees were injured when an agricultural tire exploded, OSHA cited the company with three alleged willful violations carrying a proposed penalty of $168,000. The company failed to provide a cage or barrier to protect workers servicing large agricultural tires; failed to ensure employees worked outside the trajectory path; and exceeded the maximum tire pressure while seating the tire.
Tireman Auto Service Centers Ltd. also has received two serious violations and a proposed penalty of $9,800 for failing to ensure safety glasses were worn by workers when servicing tires and to have an inline valve pressure gauge.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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