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Liberty Tire Recycling LLC has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for repeat safety violations for exposing workers to falls, fire/explosion and dangerous, unguarded equipment.

OSHA cited the Port St. Lucie recycler following a Site-Specific Targeting inspection in January 2014. Proposed penalties total $45,000.

Two repeat citations, carrying penalties of $30,000, were issued for exposing workers to fall hazards while working on platforms that lacked guardrails or had incomplete guardrails, and for exposing workers to caught-in hazards while they worked near unguarded shaft and conveyor belts. In November 2013, the company was cited for these same violations at its facility in Saltillo, Mississippi.

Three serious violations, with $15,000 in penalties, were cited for exposing workers to safety hazards while a powered industrial truck was operating with no functioning backup alarm or front lights. Additionally, employees were exposed to fire/explosion hazards from the accumulation of rubber dust and hazards from unguarded dangerous machinery on conveyors. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Published in the August 2014 Edition of American Recycler News