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OSHA Rolls Out Fines for Tire Company Following Employee Death

OSHA fined the Titan Tire Corp. $21,000 for occupational safety and health violations related to the death of an employee.

Javier Equina, a mechanic at the tire manufacturer's facility in Brownsville, Texas, was struck by a 24-inch pipe wrench when the press he was working on was unexpectedly energized.

Following an investigation, OSHA issued four serious citations for failing to have adequate training and lack of a lockout/tagout program.

"Employers are required to have a plan in place to neutralize or de-energize potential energy sources where an employee could be injured if the work he is doing has placed him in a danger zone," said John Giefer, OSHA area director.

Titan has 15 days to file an appeal with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, request an informal meeting with the area director, or pay the fines.

Titan already owes $6,608 in fines related to violations found during an inspection in February.

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