After being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Fuyao Glass America Inc. has invested more than $7 million into improving safety standards at its Moraine, Ohio facility.
Complaints of unsafe working conditions began shortly after the plant opened in October 2015, resulting in eight separate federal inspections and $226,937 in proposed penalties. Alleged violations included failing to provide training for employees on proper handling of hazardous chemicals, lack of signs, not providing personal protective equipment, and lack of appropriate covers to machinery, which led to an employee’s clothing getting caught in a machine.
Fuyao Glass America Inc. has responded by investing over $7 million and thousands of work hours to install proper safety standards over the past year by working cooperatively with OSHA.
“Over the past year, our team of health and safety professionals — including nurses, specialists, engineers and outside contractors — have worked tirelessly to develop innovative safety solutions,” said Jeff Daochuan Liu, president of Fuyao Glass America Inc. “We are committed to maintaining a safe working environment for our employees,” he added.
“Fuyao’s rapid growth means more than just new equipment,” Liu said. “Our people are new, too. It’s necessary that we invest in training programs as we continue to invest in this plant, the largest auto glass manufacturing plant in the world.”
Additionally, the glass manufacturer that employs more than 2,000 workers in Ohio has partnered with local colleges to assist in developing safety programs for its leadership. The company has also formed an internal environmental health and safety team to provide training in both English and Chinese.