On January 24, 2018, OSHA issued seven serious citations against Goodyear Tire & Rubber for exposing its employees to burn, hazardous energy, amputation, and caught-in safety hazards.
The company faces proposed penalties of $69,058.
OSHA investigators inspected Goodyear’s Social Circle, GA facility in August 2017, 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 company's tire plants have a long record of safety problems.
"Our inspection found multiple safety deficiencies that put employees at risk of serious injury or death," said OSHA Area Office Director William Fulcher, in Atlanta. "Potential workplace hazards must be assessed and eliminated to ensure employees are afforded a safe work environment."
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.