Bloomberg Business reported on May 5 that a Fiat Chrysler factory worker was killed while doing work at the assembly facility in Jefferson North, Detroit.
Union member Donald Megge, 53, was identified by the United Auto Workers as the victim, although details surrounding the accident were not released. Reports revealed that Megge, whose regular work shift starts at 5:30 a.m., was found lifeless at the factory’s wastewater treatment plant about an hour later. Megge reportedly was alone when the accident happened. Fiat spokesperson Jodi Tinson issued an email statement saying that they are already working with authorities to investigate the accident.
Although every workplace fatality is a tragedy, Kristin Dziczek–the Industry & Labor Group director at the Center for Automotive Research–said that numbers have gone down steadily in the past decade. Dziczek pointed to Labor Department data that indicated last year, 4,600 people died while working in the U.S. compared to 5,600 ten years ago.