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Contractor Sustains Severe Injuries in 50-foot Fall at Ford Plant

construction worker with hard hat and protective gear staring towards construction site and scaffolding

According to WJBK, a man contracting at a Ford manufacturing plant was injured on the job after falling from a crane in Dearborn, Michigan, on Wednesday morning.

Details of Workplace Accident

The accident occurred at Ford’s Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant located on Miller Road early in the morning. A spokesperson for Ford said a contractor was working on a crane when he fell around 50 feet to the floor of the facility.

WJBK reports that the man sustained critical injuries in the fall. The contractor was transported to a local hospital immediately. The extent of the worker’s injuries are currently unknown.

The Ford spokesperson says the man was not wearing a safety strap at the time of the fall. WJBK reports that Ford is investigating the cause of the fall.

Workplace Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal falls accounted for 359 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.

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