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Region 4 News Release: 06-463-ATL (55)
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2006
Contact: Luis Santiago Jo Anne Burgoyne
Phone: (954) 424-0242 (404) 562-2076

OSHA Cites Davie, Fla., Company After Fatal Accident

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Liberty Tire & Rubber, Davie, Fla., and proposed $45,450 in penalties, after investigating a fatal accident. A company road crew member working off-site in Medley, Fla., was fatally injured when a tire he was servicing exploded Sept. 12, 2005.

"This tragic accident could have been prevented if proper equipment had been provided to all employees and OSHA regulations had been followed," said Luis Santiago, OSHA's Ft. Lauderdale area director.

OSHA issued five serious citations after completing its accident investigation. Penalties of $19,250 were proposed for failing to provide road service crew employees with appropriate air pressure gauges, regulators, line assemblies and other safety equipment for repairing truck tires off-site.

During a comprehensive inspection at the tire repair and re-treading shop in Davie, OSHA confirmed that this equipment was available for "in shop" employees, but inspectors observed other safety and health hazards.

The company received 18 additional citations, with proposed penalties of $26,200. Cited hazards included failing to: repair defective powered industrial trucks and electrical equipment; safely store equipment and chemical cylinders; install safety guards on machinery; train employees and evaluate their competency to operate powered industrial trucks; and implement and maintain hearing conservation and hazard communication programs.

The company has 15 days to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Staff from the Ft. Lauderdale OSHA office located at Jacaranda Executive Court, Building H-100, 8040 Peters Road, conducted the inspection; phone: (954) 424-0242.

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