Ford contractor dies following 50-foot fall

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — A Ford Motor Co. contractor died about 9 a.m. Jan. 11 after he fell 30 to 50 feet from a crane while working at the Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant, 3001 Miller Road.

A report from Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration said the 55-year-old man “was walking across a wooden catwalk toward a crane that he was going to inspect, or was inspecting. The walkway collapsed under him.”

Ford Global Manufacturing & Labor Communications Manager Kelli Felker said the man was not wearing a safety harness when he fell and hit the ground.

First responders arrived at the scene and took him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Felker said the cause of the incident is unknown and is under investigation.

“We are saddened that a contractor working at our Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant this morning passed away as a result of injuries suffered when he fell from a crane,” Felker said in a statement. “We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The safety and security of everyone in our plants is our highest priority. We are cooperating fully with the investigation.”

The man’s name has not yet been released.

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