Despite undergoing a dozen OSHA inspections in the past four years, the Fuyao Glass America Inc. plant in Moraine, Ohio is still exposing employees to a variety of safety and health hazards.
That’s according to the most recent OSHA action, which found that in addition to electrical safety violations, the company has failed 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 cited Fuyao Glass America for nine repeated and 13 serious violations, with penalties of $724,380.
The agency initiated an inspection of the automotive glass manufacturer under its Site-Specific Targeting program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rate of injuries and illnesses have occurred.
“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.
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