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Unsafe tire dealerships could spawn permanent impairment

Employees of tire dealerships in Ohio and other states face a unique set of hazards. Along with the normal risks that are present in any workplace and typically managed with good maintenance, come these industry-specific dangers that might lead to permanent impairment or worse. Injury data collected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and authorities in the tire industry provided information about the major hazards and allowed authorities to create safety regulations to prevent injuries.

The primary hazards in the service areas of these facilities include risks as basic as the acts of inflating tires, to the lifting, jacking and supporting of vehicles. If the proper steps and safety precautions such as lockout or tag-out procedures are not followed, the vehicles can roll over. Such an incident can pose significant danger to the employees working in the area.

OSHA's existing safety regulations related to tires are focused on commercial trucks, earthmover vehicles as well as construction, industrial and agriculture. No safety regulations existed specifically for the tire industry, until now. However, authorities say training remains the most important element of workplace safety -- not only safety training but also teaching workers to recognize potential dangerous circumstances and know how to avoid injuries.

Unfortunately, with the lack of industry-specific safety regulations, many employees of tire service facilities in Ohio have had to cope with serious injuries that could even cause permanent impairment. The financial impact of such injuries can jeopardize the ability of any worker to care for his or her family. Help is available through the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program, and experienced attorneys are available to provide support and guidance every step of the way.

Source: tirereview.com, "Staying Safe At Work", Denise Koeth, Accessed on May 19, 2017

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