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Safety

Safety is Our #1 Priority

Working with cars, trucks, and heavy vehicles is inherently dangerous due to the nature of the equipment. It is our responsibility that everyone who comes to one of our facilities leaves injury free. We take this seriously. This means we are never satisfied with the status quo, and we are constantly looking for better ways to protect our associates, customers, and contractors.

Department of Safety and Risk Management

McCarthy Tire Service’s Department of Safety and Risk Management is:

  • A resource of highly-trained safety professionals who serve our company, our affiliated companies, and our customers.
  • Dedicated to reducing injuries and accidents, and our company’s environmental impact.
  • Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Provides high-quality training, comprehensive workplace evaluation, emergency response, hazardous materials management, and facility security.

Russell Devens Director of Safety and Risk Management

Our Safety Team

Russell Devens, Director of Safety and Risk Management

Russ has more than 30 years of safety, law enforcement, security, insurance, and risk management experience. 

Russ’ qualifications include:

  • Level 400 Commercial Tire Service Instructor  certification through the Tire Industry Association (TIA).
  • Part 48 Certified and a Part 46 Instructor through the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA).
  • Commercial Vehicle Inspector certification through the US Department of Transportation.
  • 30-hour General Industry and Construction certification through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Certified in first aid, CPR, and AED through the Red Cross
  • Certified police officer in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

Russ was recently voted in as a 2017-2018 board member for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

Derek Kenniston, Regional Safety Manager - Southern Region

Derek handles on-site safety compliance, employee/driver observation, and accident/incident investigation for McCarthy Tire’s southern region. Derek’ qualifications include:

  • TIA-certified 400-Level Commercial Tire Service Instructor.
  • OSHA-certified 30-hour General Industry and Construction 
  • Red Cross-certified in first aid, CPR, and AED

Mark Shimko, Corporate Off-the-Road (OTR) and Commercial Safety Trainer

Mark handles new hire and refresher training for the OTR and commercial truck service operations in McCarthy Tire’s northern region. He has 21 years of experience in OTR and commercial truck service.  Mark’s qualifications include:

  • TIA-certified 400-Level Earthmover Instructor.
  • TIA-certified 400-Level Commercial Tire Service Instructor.
  • TIA/MICHELIN®-certified 300-Level Earthmover Tire Service Technician.
  • MSHA Part 48 Certified and Part 46 Instructor.
  • Red Cross-certified in first aid, CPR, and AED.

Prior to McCarthy Tire, Mark served in the US Navy for 10 years.

Marty Opinsky, Regional Safety Trainer – Southern Region  

Marty is responsible for new hire and refresher training for the OTR and commercial truck service operations in McCarthy Tire’s southern region. He has a total of 39 years of experience in OTR and commercial truck service, including the last 10 years with McCarthy Tire Service. Marty’s qualifications include:

  • TIA-certified 400-Level Earthmover Instructor.
  • TIA-certified 300-level Commercial Tire Service Technician.
  • OSHA-certified 30-hour General Industry and Construction
  • Red Cross-certified in first aid, CPR, and AED

Marty will be attending the TIA/MICHELIN® OTR instructor class in the near future.



MSHA Part 48

McCarthy Tire Service has an off-the-road (OTR) division that specializes in tires and tire services for mining and quarrying equipment. Our goal is to have the most highly trained OTR team in the US. We invest in ongoing training to ensure that we are serving our customers with the highest standard of safety.

Anyone who works on any type of mine site (underground or surface) needs to have new and annual refresher miner training approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) before they can enter a job site. More than 200 of McCarthy Tire’s OTR and commercial tire technicians, sales staff, and managers in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia are MSHA Part 48 certified. They are also certified in Red Cross first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) use.

Every McCarthy Tire OTR technician and manager engaged in mine and quarry operations is MSHA Part 48 certified.

*The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is an international non-profit association representing all segments of the tire industry. TIA promotes tire safety through training and education, acts as the principal advocate in government affairs, and enhances the image and professionalism of the tire industry.

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McCarthy Tire Service

340 Kidder Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702

1-800-724-3506
Fax: 570-825-9669

www.McCarthyTire.com