2016 started on a negative note for Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, with one contract worker being killed by a collapsing concrete wall and a company employee wounded severely in the same accident, after trying to help the injured person.

On 2nd January 2016, at 10:48 am, an 8 feet tall by 8 feet wide concrete wall collapsed at Ford’s Chicago plant, killing a construction worker and injuring a company employee who was on site and jumped to aid the worker. Ford’s spokespersons described the occurrence, whose cause is still under investigation, as a construction accident. Chicago Police Officer Veejay Zala, declared that “a large section of the wall” collapsed on top of a 45-year-old man, who died later at a local hospital, despite speedy intervention.

Neither the Chicago police, nor Ford has disclosed the name of the victims yet. Ford released a statement containing condolences, as well as general and factual information on the accident, revealing only that the deceased was a contractor, while the injured person was part of the company staff: “We are saddened that a contractor was killed in a construction accident at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant today and another worker was injured while trying to help after the initial accident. We offer our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. We are cooperating fully with the investigation.” CBS Chicago divulged that the Ford employee who tried to help was a 48-year-old man, who suffered major injuries after part of the concrete wall crushed one of his legs.

Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant is the oldest Ford factory, starting its operation in 1924 with the production of the famous Model T, and is known for assembling various Ford models throughout the years. The factory currently employs 4,000 workers, engaged in the production of models such as the Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS.

Via Automotive News


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