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Milwaukee Tire Recycling Company Fined $53K For 12 Safety Violations

A Milwaukee employer is facing 12 safety violations and fines of $53,856 after a follow-up inspection found the employer failed to abate previous safety violations.

Shindler Tire Recycling LLC in Milwaukee, received two failure to abate citations for failing to provide documentation showing how the employer corrected deficiencies involving a lack of written hazard communication program and information and training for employees. These were cited in August 2011 by OSHA in an inspection.

They also received eight repeat violations including of housekeeping and dust accumulations, inadequate guarding on machinery, storing tires and waste piles in a manner creating a collapse hazard, failing to have material safety data sheets and a failure to cover unused openings on electrical equipment and maintain electrical equipment free from hazards .

The company received one serious violation for failing to enclose horizontal shafting and one other-than-serious violation for failing to cover a floor hole.

“Employers, such as Shindler Tire Recycling, have a responsibility to correct safety violations and to train their workers on job safety and health requirements,” said Carlos Gallegos, OSHA’s acting area director in Milwaukee. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”

They have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference or contest the findings.

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