DES MOINES, Iowa
Authorities say a man lost part of an arm in an accident at a Des Moines tire recycling facility.
The accident occurred Thursday morning at Liberty Tire Recycling. Des Moines Fire Lt. Chris Clement the man suffered a partial amputation from the elbow down after being caught in a machine. His name hasn’t been released.
The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the facility $27,500 after a 2016 accident. The fine was reduced later to $12,250 and two of the six serious violations alleged were dropped.
The Des Moines operation is one of 24 production facilities for Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire. Company spokesman Don Meyer said Friday that Liberty Tire is “deeply saddened at the injury” suffered by the employee. He says company officials are working with local authorities “to help ensure the effectiveness of our safety standards and practices.”