Over $500,000 in Fines Levied Against Kumho Tire for Employment Safety Violations
MACON, Ga. — Federal regulators hit Korean tire company Kumho Tire Co, Inc. with just over $500,000.00 in fines based on a variety of serious safety violations that occurred in the company’s manufacturing plant located in south Bibb County. A report from 13WMAZ indicated that the international tire company received 22 safety violations for infractions ranging from falls to amputations from investigators with the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, better known as OSHA. A person speaking on behalf of Kumho Tire about the infractions cited by OSHA said that the company would work with the agency to arrive at a reasonable resolution of the dispute. *
OSHA assessed Kumho Tire fine for 22 safety infractions. The investigators for the agency determined Kumho Tire’s employees at the south Bibb County plant could suffer eyes injuries, burns, amputations, electrocutions, falls, and other injuries due to the lack of safety equipment as well as inadequate training. OSHA further alleged that the tire maker failed to label hazardous materials, used machinery without instructions, and housed pits into which workers could easily fall. OSHA investigators witnessed a tire assembly line that frequently threw tires off forcefully. OSHA said that Kumho employees were not adequately protected from the dangers those tires presented. The facility lacked a sufficient number of eye-rinse stations that employees could use in an emergency if chemicals entered their eyes.
The number of fines assessed by OSHA against Kumho Tire are the most substantial amount of fines OSHA levied in the last two years in Georgia. The fines Kumho Tire faces are also the largest aggregate number of penalties in the eight-state southeast region during the previous two years. OSHA labeled Kumho Tire as a repeat offender.
Kumho Tire representatives released a statement expressing their disagreement with OSHA’s assessments of the company’s safety failures, albeit in general terms. Kumho Tire said that it would work with OSHA to rectify safety shortfalls.
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