A 55-year-old contractor working at a Ford plant in Dearborn died in an accident on Wednesday, after falling from a wooden catwalk while inspecting a crane, reports The Detroit News. The man fell 30 to 50 feet onto a concrete floor at Ford’s Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, suffering critical injuries and being rushed to the hospital by EMS, where he was pronounced dead.
According to a brief report from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), the wooden walkway at the Ford plant “collapsed” under the contractor as he was walking toward the crane. The Dearborn Fire Department did not respond to The Detroit News‘ request for comment on Wednesday.
A statement issued by Ford Motor Company said that the automaker is “saddened that a contractor working at our Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant this morning passed away” as a result of the accident. “We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The safety and security of everyone in our plants is our highest priority.”
An MIOSHA investigation into the accident at the Ford Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant has been opened, which “could take weeks or months,” according to MIOSHA Spokesperson Tanya Baker.