OSHA: Fuyao Glass America fined $227K following complaints

Fuyao employee places glass on belt . (WDTN Photo)
Fuyao employee places glass on belt . (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Fuyao Glass America has been fined more than $200,000 in 2016 by OSHA and the Department of Labor.

In a release from the Department of Labor, workers began making complaints of unsafe working conditions shortly after the plant opened in October 2015 leading to eight separate federal investigations and $226,937 in penalties.

Those inspections found several violations including machine safety problems that “expose workers to amputation and other serious injuries, as well as a lack of personal protective equipment, electrical hazards, failing to train workers about hazardous chemicals in use and unmarked exits.”

The Department of Labor says Fuyao has contested all the following OSHA violations issued this year.

According to Department of Labor records, Fuyao has been investigated eight times this year and found to have 24 safety violations. The records do not detail the specifics of each instance. You can find more details about these complaints and fines on the Department of Labor website.

The United Auto Workers said in May that workers at Fuyao Glass America filed formal complaints with the Cincinnati office of OSHA.

READ MORE: Fuyao workers file complaints with OSHA

2 NEWS contacted Fuyao Glass America about the Department of Labor release and received a written response.

“Fuyao remains committed to total employee health and safety.  Since beginning operations, Fuyao has spent over three million dollars on protective equipment, training, machine guarding, and other safety equipment,” the statement said. Fuyao confirmed they challenged the citations and proposed fines, they also said they, “look forward to continuing to work with OSHA as well as on other safety initiatives in our facility.”

Fuyao said they believe the most recent citations describe conditions that do not violate OSHA standards, and plan to “continue aggressively moving forward with our corrective actions as we have since starting operations.”

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