Since we last reported on allegations of the Fuyao Glass plant putting workers at risk, a group of Fuyao workers has banded together to file a complaint against their employer with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to WTOL-TV.
Is Fuyao Glass Plant Putting Workers at Risk?
Fuyao Glass America, which is an auto glass manufacturer that operates out of a former GM plant in Moraine, has already been fined $14,000 by OSHA for safety violations, including failing to:
Provide necessary machine guarding to prevent employees from risking machines catching their hands
Secure coverings over floor grates, which leaves employees vulnerable to fall hazards
The allegations raised in this latest complaint against the 1,400-worker plant claim that workers who work on laminating glass in the plant are not allowed to wear safety gloves and are suffering cuts as a result. In addition, the complaint, which was filed by 11 Fuyao workers, sites other problems at the plant, including fire hazards as well as other safety issues. By filing the complaint, the workers hope to see OSHA conduct an in depth investigation against Fuyao Glass America.
What Is OSHA Doing to Respond to the Complaint?
As a response, OSHA will reportedly investigate any issues brought up in the complaint that were not addressed during previous inspections.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Fuyao Glass America has begun to take steps to improve safety at its plant, such as hiring an OSHA compliance officer. However, if allegations of Fuyao Glass putting workers at risk are true, OSHA needs to step in immediately. There is no excuse for workers to ever have to be exposed to unsafe work conditions.
Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC is an Ohio workers’ comp law firm dedicating to protecting the rights of workplace accident victims and their families.