Fuyao Glass America was named to “The Dirty Dozen” employers list, which highlights U.S. companies that a safety organization say put workers at risk through unsafe practices.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases the list in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week, honoring workers who lost their lives on the job. The council is a private, nonprofit organization comprised of labor unions, health and technical professionals and other groups interested in worker health and safety.
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Moraine-based Fuyao was fined $227,000 in penalities related to unsafe working conditions back in November, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company resolved the issues in March after working with OSHA.
A representative of Fuyao said the company agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties, and the amount of proposed serious violations was reduced from 28 proposed serious violations to 10 serious violations.
Fuyao said it has worked with the agency to ensure the Moraine plant is up to code. The company said it has invested more than $7 million in safety measures within the last several months.
Workers at the plant will host a town hall meeting on Sunday with elected officials, urging Fuyao leadership to “support employees’ rights to a fair union election and a safe workplace,” a statement said. The public meeting goes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at UAW Local 696 in Moraine.
Other companies named on “The Dirty Dozen” list include: Atlantic Drain Services, California Cartage, Dedicated TCS, Dollar General, Environmental Enterprises, Inc., Nissan USA, Pilgrim’s Pride, PrimeFlight, TransAm Trucking, Samsung and Valley Garlic.
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