OSHA issued $219,800 in fines against Tires Into Recycled Energy & Supplies Inc. (TIRES), of Jackson, following a fire at its plant last May that resulted in an employee’s death.
At the time of the fire, the company was operating the plant on an interim basis until it could sell its equipment to another company. The company had hired employees through the Georgia Department of Corrections probationers’ diversion program.
“This employer demonstrated total disregard for employees’ safety by using employees who lacked the proper training for their jobs,” said Gei Thae Breezley, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East area office.
Among other violations, TIRES was cited for failing to reduce combustible dust on equipment or having a written evacuation plan. OSHA also charges that the company did not train workers in firefighting procedures and did not implemented a lockout/tagout program to prevent inadvertent machine start-ups.