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Fuyao Worker Killed In Early Morning Accident

Jerry Kenney


Fuyao Glass America has issued a statement saying they are “working closely alongside the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as they investigate the death of a forklift operator following an accident early Tuesday morning.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office says 57 year-old Ricky Patterson of Dayton died from blunt force injury to the head and neck. Reports say he was found pinned between a forklift and a pallet of heavy glass.


Fuyao called Patterson a “valued colleague” and asked for privacy for Patterson’s family and other workers as the cause of the incident is investigated.

Credit Jerry Kenney



The company says they have activated an employee assistance program and have responders available to talk with and counsel employees.


In their statement Fuyao said safety is a top priority for the company. Last year they agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve OSHA safety violations at the plant.


Several workers have alleged unsafe conditions at the plant and recently tried to unionize workers there. Workers overwhelmingly voted against the effort.


Jerry began volunteering at WYSO in 1991 and hosting Sunday night's Alpha Rhythms in 1992. He joined the YSO staff in 2007 as Morning Edition Host, then All Things Considered. He's hosted Sunday morning's WYSO Weekend since 2008 and produced several radio dramas and specials . In 2009 Jerry received the Best Feature award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., and was named the 2023 winner of the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Best Anchor/News Host award. His current, heart-felt projects include the occasional series Bulletin Board Diaries, which focuses on local, old-school advertisers and small business owners. He has also returned as the co-host Alpha Rhythms.
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