TIA and Michelin produce video about safely repairing truck tires

Jan. 1, 2020
Tire shop safety is the focus of a new video being released in conjunction with National Tire Safety Week by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and Michelin Americas Truck Tires (MATT).
Tire shop safety is the focus of a new video being released in conjunction with National Tire Safety Week by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and Michelin Americas Truck Tires (MATT).

The production, aimed at fleet operators, shop managers and maintenance technicians, details proper safety procedures when handling truck tires.

“When tires do not get the proper care, handling or maintenance in the shop, it can easily lead to property damage or personal injury,” says Doug Jones, MATT’s customer engineering support manager. “Michelin and TIA want to remind tire shops of safety procedures, industry requirements and best practices to help ensure the safest possible work environment.”

“Michelin has generously supported the TIA Foundation for years so we can continue to provide commercial tire dealers and fleets with free safety videos,” notes Roy Littlefield, the TIA’s executive vice president. “This is a perfect example of TIA working directly with a tire manufacturer to address the educational needs of the tire service industry. We are proud of our partnership with Michelin on this video, and our collective longstanding commitment to raise the level of education by providing free safety training.”

The 18-minute production, entitled “Tire Shop Hazard Assessment,” will help tire dealers and fleets comply with various Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations that are designed to protect technicians from potential safety risks in the workplace. Specifically, this video covers the OSHA regulation for personal protective equipment (PPE), 29 CFR 1910.132, that requires every employer to perform a workplace assessment to determine if any existing hazards require the use of PPE.

The video emphasizes the importance of proper safety procedures and PPE through striking demonstrations. One scene shows a valve core being launched at a hard-boiled egg to demonstrate the need for proper eye protection. Another scene shows a tire in a restraining device (or “safety cage”) and what can happen if a technician, or a test dummy, is inside the trajectory of the sidewall when the tire separates from the wheel during inflation.

The fourth in a series, it is available online along with the first three productions: “Tubeless Radial Truck Tire Safety” covers the risks when servicing and inflating radial tires; “Commercial Roadside Service” outlines safety practices for service trucks and other roadside repairs; and “Wheel End Safety” identifies the hazards related to improper wheel installation and torque procedures.

For more information, visit www.tireindustry.org and www.michelintruck.com.

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