US Department of Labor Cites Tire Service Company After Wisconsin Worker Suffers Fatal Injury Occupational Health and Safety
US Department of Labor Cites Tire Service Company After Wisconsin Worker Suffers Fatal Trauma
An employee dies while trying to mount a tire on a rim.
At the Abbotsford site of a popular Midwestern tire sales and service provider, Pomp’s Tire Service, a worker fitting a new tire suffered fatal injuries after the tire came loose and struck him on July 28, 2021. A few weeks later, another worker from the same company suffered a similar fate at a site in Savage, Minnesota on August 17, 2021.
After an investigation into the first incident, OSHA cited the Green Bay-based service for a serious violation of maintenance standards for multi-piece, one-piece rims. OSHA proposed $14,502 in penalties. The second incident is still under investigation by Minnesota OSHA.
According to a press release, since 2017, five workers in the Midwest have died in similar circumstances while working on vehicle rims or wheels.
“Like most fatal incidents, these tragedies could have been avoided had the employer taken the necessary steps to protect its employees,” OSHA Regional Director Robert Bonack told Appleton. “Employers must develop an effective safety and health plan, and they are required to train workers on how to identify hazards and use the protective measures required to keep them safe.”
Founded in 1939 in Green Bay, Pomp’s Tire Service has approximately 200 locations throughout the Midwest. Consult the safety information on the correct removal and installation of tires.
Shereen Hashem is associate editor of Occupational Health & Safety magazine.