Worker Injuries in Consecutive Days Leads to Multiple Citations for Company
OSHA proposed $341,866 in penalties for the two repeat, 16 serious and five other than serious violations.
- By Alex Saurman
- May 19, 2022
A tire company from South Carolina was recently cited by OSHA for 23 violations after workers were injured in multiple incidents last year.
According to a press release, three different workers were injured in just two consecutive days at Continental Tire the Americas LLC. The incidents at a location in Mount Vernon, Illinois, stemmed from combustible dust, machine guarding and not controlling the energy of a machine.
In November 2021, one worker, when attempting to unjam a machine, suffered the amputation of three fingers. The next day, one worker was severely burned and another worker suffered a concussion after an explosion.
OSHA cited Continental Tire the Americans LLC for two repeat, 16 serious and five other than serious violations. OSHA alleged the company had “deficient safety procedures for energy control, combustible dust preventative engineering, housekeeping, personal protective equipment, emergency egress routes and hazard communication.” OSHA is proposing penalties of $341,866.
“OSHA standards are put in place to prevent workers from suffering life-altering injuries,” said OSHA’s Area Director Aaron Priddy in Fairview Heights in the press release. “Continental Tire the Americas must learn from these tragic injuries, review company safety procedures and employee training and make sure workers are safe on the job.”
Alex Saurman is a former Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety,who has since joined OH&S’s client services team. She continues to work closely with OH&S’s editorial team and contributes to the magazine.