Fuyao Glass America Inc. Faces $724,380 in Federal Penalties After U.S. DOL Finds Multiple Hazards at Ohio Plant


Washington, DC (WorkersCompensation.com) - OSHA initiated an inspection of the automotive glass manufacturer under the Agency's Site-Specific Targeting program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses have occurred. OSHA cited Fuyao Glass America for nine repeated and 13 serious violations, including exposing employees to electrical safety violations; and failing to evaluate the workplace to determine permit-required confined spaces; train employees on lockout/tag out and entering confined spaces; install machine guarding; provide hearing protection; provide personal protective equipment, and require the use of fall protection. OSHA has inspected the Fuyao plant 12 times in the past four years.

"This company's repeated failure to implement and enforce safety and health programs at the workplace is unacceptable," said Acting Regional Administrator Bill Donovan, in Chicago, Illinois. "Employers must continually evaluate their facilities for hazards, and train employees and managers to use proper safety controls and equipment to keep their worksites safe and healthful."

OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on permit required confined space hazards, occupational noise exposure, machine guarding, fall protection, control of hazardous energy, and electrical safety work practices.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the safety and health citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

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