Fuyao Glass America Inc. (Fuyao) has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for allegedly exposing its employees to multiple safety and health hazards at its Moraine, Ohio, glass plant. According to OSHA, Fuyao is facing $724,380 in federal penalties.
OSHA released statements yesterday affirming it has undertaken an inspection of the auto glass manufacturer under its Site Specific Targeting program.
“[The Site Specific Targeting program] directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses have occurred,” a portion of the administration’s release reads.
The administration has inspected Fuyao’s Ohio plant one dozen times within the past four years, according to OSHA. The auto glass manufacturer was cited for nine repeated and 13 serious violations, which included:
- Exposing employees to electrical safety violations;
- Failing to evaluate the workplace to determine permit-required confined spaces;
- Failing to train employees on lockout/tag out and entering confined spaces;
- Failing to install machine guarding;
- Failing to provide hearing protection;
- Failing to provide personal protective equipment; and
- Failing to require the use of fall protection.
“This company’s repeated failure to implement and enforce safety and health programs at the workplace is unacceptable. 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,” said Bill Donovan, acting regional administrator for OSHA.
“Fuyao is grateful to the investigators for their hard work over four months to identify safety issues, over half of which we have already addressed. Now in our third year of full scale operation, we remain laser focused on the safety of our associates and the quality of our products,” said Jeff Liu, Fuyao president and CEO.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees, according to the administration.
Fuyao has 15 business days from receiving its 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.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our team. Our mission is to make Fuyao the world’s best auto glass manufacturing company in all aspects. With this mission in mind, we continue to improve our operations and closely work with OSHA,” said Liu.