Worker Killed In Accident At FCA Jefferson North Plant
Body Found at On-Site Wastewater Treatment Facility
Automotive News is reporting that workers found the body of a 53-year-old employee at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Jefferson North plant in Detroit, which builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. The body was discovered around 7:10 a.m. this morning. While the investigation is ongoing, it’s believed the individual was crushed to death in an accident at the plant’s on-site wastewater treatment facility. The incident did not affect vehicle production.
The Jefferson North plant has, unfortunately, had more than its fair share of incidents in the last few years. In 2012, a worker was stabbed to death by another employee over a dispute over a woman. Workers at the plant also gained notoriety in 2010 after a local television station aired footage of workers drinking and smoking marijuana on their shift breaks.
The 3-million square foot Jefferson North plant was built in 1991 and employs over 4,600 people, of which 4,400 are hourly employees. In a written statement, FCA said it was not releasing the employee’s name at this time and that the company extends its deepest sympathies to the family. Although Detroit is known as the “Motor City,” there are actually very few auto manufacturing plants within the Detroit city limits, and the Jefferson North plant is one of the few still in operation. The other Detroit plant of note is also owned by FCA, the Conner Avenue Assembly plant, which builds the Dodge Viper sports car.
Source: Automotive News