The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) and Pilkington North America have reached a settlement for four Safety Orders issued as a result of two inspections in 2012 at the Shelbyville automotive glass plant.
The company has also agreed to pay $495,500 in fines. IOSHA noted this is the highest penalty issued in its history.
“The NSG Group [parent company to Pilkington] has always strived to maintain the highest standards and expectations when it comes to the safety of our workers,” write NSG Group officials in a statement. “We share a common goal with IOSHA, with the United Steelworkers and with our workforce, to provide a safe workplace for all our employees.
“The company is committed to continue working cooperatively with Indiana OSHA to ensure compliance with applicable environmental, health and safety requirements,” they add.
Pilkington will ensure the safety hazards are resolved by the end of 2014, according to the agreement. Additionally, the company will post warning signs on or near hazards, provide machine guarding training for employees and provide dedicated personnel to eliminate all remaining hazards, according to IOSHA.
“The agreement shows a sincere commitment on the part of Pilkington North America to improve workplace safety,” says Rick Ruble, state Labor Commissioner.