Automotive Manufacturer Faces OSHA Penalties After Fatal Workplace Incident

Automotive Manufacturer Faces OSHA Penalties After Fatal Workplace Incident

Faurecia Emissions Control Systems NA LLC was cited with 10 citations and a total of $314,555 in proposed penalties.

An OSHA investigation has revealed that Faurecia Emissions Control Systems NA LLC—one of 29 facilities operated by automotive supplier Faurecia North America—could have prevented the death of a 26-year-old employee in Franklin, Ohio.

According to a recent release, the incident occurred in October 2023 when the employee was crushed while working with a machine that bends vehicle exhaust pipes. OSHA found the company failed to provide adequate machine guarding and ultimately issued 10 citations against Faurecia. Violations also included inadequate training in lockout/tagout procedures and failure to conduct annual safety procedure tests.

“Faurecia Emissions Control Systems could have prevented this tragedy by having proper machine guarding that would have protected employees from contact with moving machine parts,” OSHA Area Director Ken Montgomery in Cincinnati said in a statement. “Safety requirements are just that, required. This company failed in its legal responsibility to ensure workers were protected from workplace hazards.”

Faurecia was previously cited for similar violations in 2022. As a result of the most recent investigation, Faurecia now faces proposed penalties totaling $314,555. The company now has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest before an independent commission.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

Product Showcase

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi gas detector that runs continuously for three years without being recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Its durability enables the detector to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, hence earning it an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as the GCT External Pump. Visit for more information. 3

  • Preventative Heat Safety

    Dehydration and heat exposure impair physical and cognitive performance. Proper hydration boosts heat stress resilience, but hydration needs are highly individualized and hard to predict across a workforce. Connected Hydration® empowers industrial athletes to stay safe through behavioral interventions, informed by sports science, and equips safety teams with critical insights to anticipate high-risk situations and adapt to evolving environmental factors. Curious about applying the latest in sports science based hydration strategies for industrial athletes? Stop by booth #1112 at AIHA or schedule a free demo today at 3

  • SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit

    The SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit is a single-use spot test designed for use in screening for cannabis compounds in any sample type or on any surface. The test is capable of identifying the presumed presence of cannabinoids in very small quantities, with a level of detection as little as 6 μg in mass. Learn more about the SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit and the rest of SwabTek surface drug testing solutions through the webinar titled "Everything You Want To Know About Surface Testing" 3