OSHA recently levied a $70,000 fine against a Georgia Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant for failing to follow federal workplace safety rules that presented danger to workers.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors handed seven serious citations to Goodyear in January 2018 after an audit of its factory in Social Circle. According to the inspection report, inspectors found the following violations:
- Failure to provide safety and protective gear to employees tasked with processing rubber through hot metal presses; temperatures exceeded 350 degrees.
- Hazards were presented to workers from unguarded machines, standing rainwater and leaking equipment that presented a risk of slip and fall injuries on the production floor.
The OSHA inspection team found several safety problems at the Social Circle plant that put workers at risk of death or serious injury, stated William Fulcher, the OSHA area office director in Atlanta. He stressed that possible workplace hazards must be regularly assessed by company management and be eliminated to ensure that workers are safe on the job.
Goodyear is in the process of contesting the fines. A Goodyear spokesperson said in an email that the company gave its full cooperation during the inspection. Now it is following the standard process for responding to violations.
This is not the first time in recent years that Goodyear has been on the radar for worker safety problems. An investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting last year showed that a lax approach to worker safety had contributed to worker deaths in factories, as well as deaths of motorists on American roads. Goodyear has ranked among the top five manufacturers in the U.S. for worker fatalities since 2009, according to the Reveal analysis.
Four motorists have died since 2011 in accidents because of Goodyear tire failures. Those tires were produced in plants where high production demands and water leaks have presented worker dangers, according to Reveal. Court documents and former employees in Goodyear plants in Danville, VA, and Fayetteville, NC, have reported that water leaked regularly through the roof and even onto machines. Workers in those plants also reported they felt pressure from management to place production ahead of worker safety.
Common Workplace Accident Injuries in Georgia
Workplace injuries are common in Georgia; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 82,000 nonfatal workplace injuries in the Peach State in 2016. This was an incidence rate of 2.7 cases per 100 full-time workers. If you are hurt, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. But do not be surprised if your company delays or denies your claim. In a dispute, it is critical to contact a workplace injury attorney to help you get the benefits you deserve.
Common workplace injuries our personal injury law firm has seen in its 50 years of practice include:
- Sprains, tears and strains
- Bone fractures
- Cuts and lacerations
- Thermal burns and heat injuries
- Chemical burns
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
Injured in a Georgia Workplace Accident? Contact Us Today.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious workplace injury in a factory, you could be entitled to compensation beyond workers’ comp benefits if the company violated any workplace safety rules. The Mann Law Firm is highly experienced helping Georgia workers who have been injured on the job due to company negligence. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation about your workplace injury case.