NEW MIAMI, Ohio — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Rumpke Tire Recycling $17,000 for safety violations connected with the death of a temporary employee.
Scott Johnson, 56, of Cincinnati, had been working as a subcontractor at Rumpke Tire Recycling´s New Miami plant for nearly two months when, on April 27, he either fell in or was pulled into a jammed tire shredder he was trying to fix.
Johnson lost his left arm and suffered numerous cuts on his head, torso and legs. He died at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton on June 16. Some operations at the New Miami plant were closed for six to eight business days after the accident, company officials said.
"The safety of each and every employee is our chief concern," said Jeff Rumpke, vice president of Rumpke Tire Recycling, in a press release issued in response to Johnson´s death. "A tragic accident like this is a grim reminder that more work is necessary."
The original fine was $25,000, but OSHA reduced it in exchange for Rumpke Tire Recycling making all recommended safety changes and paying the fine by June 28, according to Larry Stone, the company´s safety director. The recommended changes included protective railings around certain equipment, safety guards over moving equipment and a fixed stairway instead of guard rails for workers to climb to the tire shredder observation walkway.
Rumpke Tire Recycling is helping TLC Industrial Temporary, Johnson´s primary employer, to promote a fund to help Johnson´s family. The public may contribute to the Scott Johnson Fund at any PNC bank location, the company said.