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Production Halted Overnight At Ford’s Flat Rock Plant After Worker Injury

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Production was halted temporarily at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in Michigan last Friday after a worker sustained an injury, Automotive News reports. The accident occurred around 1 am on May 4th, and involved a female assembly line worker whose leg was pinned by machinery. Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly currently employs some 3,500, according to the automaker, and serves as the production site of the tenth-generation Lincoln Continental sedan and S550 Ford Mustang pony car.

The facility is slated to receive a $900-million investment to develop and produce a future autonomous vehicle, adding 850 jobs.

Ford hasn’t divulged exactly how a woman’s leg became pinned by machinery at its Flat Rock plant, nor how badly the worker was injured, but production restarted later on in the morning on Friday.

“The safety and security of everyone in our plants is our highest priority,” a Ford spokesperson said in a statement. “We are launching a full investigation into this matter.”

These days, accidents at automotive manufacturing plants involving human workers tend to be few and far between, but they do occur on occasion. In 2016, Ford’s Flat Rock plant sustained a small fire near the body shop on the north side. The blaze was contained within 40 minutes after the local fire departments arrived, and no injuries were reported.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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