Kumho Tire Georgia Inc., Sae Joong Mold Inc., and J-Brothers Inc. are facing $523,895 in fines after a follow-up inspection found safety and health hazards at the tire manufacturing facility in Macon, Georgia, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The three companies collectively face 22 citations in addition to the fines.
OSHA investigators cited Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. for exposing employees to fall, struck-by, and burn hazards; failing to follow hazardous energy control procedures when employees performed service and maintenance on machinery; failing to train employees on energy control procedures; and failing to provide machine guarding on various pieces of equipment throughout the facility.
Proposed penalties for Kumho total $507,299.
OSHA initiated the follow-up inspection of the tire manufacturer after the Agency did not receive abatement documents regarding a June 2017 inspection and citations.
In addition, OSHA placed Kumho Tire Georgia Inc. in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
OSHA cited Sae Joong Mold Inc. for using damaged slings and electrical hazards. Proposed penalties total $9,093.
OSHA cited J-Brothers Inc. for exposing employees to smoke inhalation and burn hazards by failing to mount portable fire extinguishers and failing to perform annual maintenance on fire extinguishers. Proposed penalties total $7,503.
“Potential workplace hazards must be assessed and eliminated to ensure a safe work environment,” said OSHA Atlanta-East Area Director William Fulcher. “This employer exposed workers to multiple safety and health deficiencies that put them at risk for serious or fatal injuries.”