• We are currently looking for experienced automotive journalists and editors to join our team.  Make $60k-$80k per year doing what you love. We are also looking for an experienced forum moderator to join our team. See details here. ×

Ford Dearborn Truck Plant Employees Allege Unsafe Working Conditions

Ford started resuming production and operations in the United States today. The company has implemented robust safety and care measures globally to help support a safe and healthy environment for the company’s workforce, including health assessment measures, personal protective equipment and facility modifications to increase social distancing.
Sponsored Links

Since Ford reopened its U.S. plants on May 18th, the automaker has had a handful of workers test positive for COVID-19 at its Chicago Assembly Plant, Chicago Stamping Plant, Dearborn Truck Plant, and Kansas City Assembly Plant. However, despite some unsubstantiated rumors, it doesn’t appear that FoMoCo has suffered any major outbreaks at any of its production facilities. But now, a report from a site called the World Socialist Web Site claims to have spoken with members of the safety committee at the Dearborn Truck Plant who are painting a very different picture.

These claims include visibly sick employees on the production line, including one that was apparently vomiting near his work station. “He was throwing up with his head in the trash can,” another worker said. “They brought a medical tug. There was no cleaning and no stopping of the line. That makes 12 cases that I know of.”

Sponsored Links

Another worker claimed that masks are given out, but they aren’t the type needed to properly protect employees from spreading COVID-19. “They give us three or four masks for each worker each day,” he said. “But from what I understand, these masks are not up to the standard of a surgical mask. They have not been tested. They are not even comparable to the standard N95s. They let air in and out on the sides. Inside the plant we have to yell because it’s so loud. And if you can’t hear, then you naturally get closer than six feet.”

Additionally, another worker claims that proper social distancing rules are not being followed at the plant. “The memo we received (from the UAW shop chairman) said that workers in ‘close contact’ are those within six feet for 15 minutes,” he said. “How do they determine that? There are floaters on the line who double up on jobs if someone is missing. They can be on many different lines spreading the virus if they get sick. How does that play into the six foot rule?”

Sponsored Links

Workers are required to fill out a questionnaire before beginning work each day, but if they answer “yes” to any of the questions, they’re reportedly sent home without pay, according to these employees. These conditions, all together, have apparently convinced workers that the Dearborn Truck Plant should be shut down completely.

Both Ford and the United Auto Workers Union have insisted that conditions at the plants are safe, and there’s no evidence to suggest otherwise, save for this report. At least for now, that is.

Sponsored Links

We’ll have more on this developing situation as soon as it’s available, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford-related COVID-19 news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Sponsored Links

Subscribe to Ford Authority
For around-the-clock Ford news coverage

We'll send you one email per day with the latest Ford updates.

It's totally free.

  • Want to see your Ford vehicle or build featured on Ford Authority? We welcome your submissions. See here for details. ×

Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

Sponsored Links


Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Former Irish Henry Ford & Sons Factory Transformed Into Distillery

Ford CEO Jim Hackett To Retire, Will Be Succeeded By Jim Farley: Breaking