Goodyear Faces $52,000 Fine for Repeat, Serious Violations

OSHA has proposed $52,000 in penalties against Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. for five safety violations discovered during an inspection of the company's manufacturing facility in Social Circle, Ga. Inspectors cited the plant for two repeat violations and proposed $42,500 in penalties after they determined that management had failed to perform and certify periodic inspections of its energy control procedures and employees were using a production machine that lacked the proper safety guards. The company had been cited for similar failures after an inspection in 2006, the agency said yesterday.

"OSHA expects management to take a proactive approach to employees' safety," said Gei-Thae Breezley, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "Dangerous situations can be avoided if management conducts periodic inspections of their equipment and facilities as required by federal law."

The agency also cited the plant for two serious safety violations with proposed penalties of $8,500 for using defective equipment cords that exposed employees to electrical hazards. An "other-than-serious" violation was proposed with a $1,000 penalty for failing to correctly maintain OSHA logs.

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