Safety officials yesterday began an investigation into a workplace accident that claimed the life of a worker at DaimlerChrysler AG's Toledo Jeep assembly plant. Among points under study are contentions that a conveyer line suddenly lurched to life as 50-year-old Lazaro Fuentes made repairs.
Mr. Fuentes, a skilled trades worker at the Jeep Parkway plant for 12 years, died Wednesday afternoon when he was pulled into a conveyer system used to assemble side panels of auto bodies. He was replacing a valve on a robotic machine on the line at the time of the accident.
The fatality was the fourth in 17 years. A company spokesman in Auburn Hills, Mich., declined comment on accounts from workers who suggested that Mr. Fuentes and co-workers cut electricity to the assembly line before beginning repairs but that somehow the machine became operational.
The article goes on to say that an investigation is underway. It is the 4th death at the plant in the last 20 years.