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Safety violation: Ohio glass plant investigated 8 times in 1 year

Since an automotive glass manufacturer in Ohio opened in Oct. 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have investigated no less than eight times. Soon after it opened, OSHA started receiving complaints from workers about safety hazards at the facility. One safety violation that seems to be identified during every inspection is the lack of machine safeguarding that can cause amputation injuries.

The Ohio plant that provides its products to Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Cadillac and Audi employs over 2,000 workers and many more at facilities in three other states. Safety advocates feel that exposing so many people to safety hazards without rectifying those pointed out by federal safety investigators is unacceptable. The eight investigations led to 24 citations for violations of which only one was not a serious violation.

On Nov. 2, OSHA announced the most recent results of two May inspections. Investigators determined that workers were not protected from the dangers of moving machine parts. The lack of devices to isolate energy when maintenance and cleaning took place and inadequate safeguarding led to some citations. The balance of the 11 serious violations included unmarked exits and electrical hazards.

There is no reason for workers in Ohio to endure exposure to dangerous workplace environments. If employers fail to respond a report of a safety violation, any employee may file a complaint with OSHA. Victims of workplace injuries may not sue their employers except under certain circumstances. However, they are entitled to file benefits claims with the workers' compensation insurance fund regardless of who was at fault. Benefits typically cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: insurancejournal.com, "Safety Violations at Ohio Glass Facility Rack Up $227K in Fines", Nov. 21, 2016

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