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Fuyao Facing More Than $720,000 in OSHA Penalties

Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is facing more than $720,000 in fines after being cited for “exposing employees to multiple safety and health hazards.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says, during a recent inspection of the plant, nine repeat violations and 13 serious violations were found.

The violations include electrical safety exposure, problems with confined spaces, employee training on so-called lockout/tag out procedures, and a lack of machine guards; hearing protection and other protective equipment.

In a statement detailing the violations, OHSA says they have inspected the Fuyao plant 12 times in the past four years. They also say the last inspection was part of their Site-Specific Targeting Program where workplaces with the “highest rate of injuries and illnesses” are inspected.

According to OSHA, Fuyao has just 15 business days from receipt of the citations to fix the violations or contest the findings before the independent OSHA Commission.

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Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.