• Oct 22, 2007
Though some critics argue that UAW members get paid too much for simply building cars, we should remember that such a task is actually complicated and can be quite dangerous. We are reminded of this sober fact today after learning that a Ford worker was killed this morning in an accident on the final assembly line at Ford's Wayne Stamping and Assembly Plant where the Focus is built. This past week the plant was celebrating the first run of 2008 Ford Focus cars off the line with Ford CEO Alan Mulally and other execs in attendance for the event.

The Detroit News has still been unable to ascertain the exact nature of the accident, but Ford did say that the plant was immediately shut down the day shift cancelled. Work is expected to resume in a couple of hours around 5:30 PM EST. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the worker killed this morning.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Guy probably took one look at the car and died.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL that was my first thought. He saw the car coming at him and had a heart attack.


      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford identifies fatal accident victim as maintenance supervisor at Wayne assembly plant
      Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News
      A worker was accidentally killed this morning on the final assembly line at Ford Motor Co.'s Wayne Stamping and Assembly Plant.

      The victim was Robert Conley, a 48-year-old maintenance supervisor. The Manchester, Mich. man had worked for Ford for 17 years.

      Ford declined to discuss details of the accident that took the life of Conley.
      • 7 Years Ago
      :o[

      this is yet another proof that there are quality-checks being taken in FMC plants, otherwise customer would find the poor guy's body in his brand new Focus '04
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ah, what a nice group of people. :)

      • 7 Years Ago
      killed for such an ugly car...poor guy
        • 7 Years Ago
        Another sicko remark. Some people just are morons.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ KCurtis

        We don't need your sanctimony.
        • 7 Years Ago
        After a moment for my thoughts to the family and all, this was actually my next thought... a Focus of all things...
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ KCurtis

        We don't need your sanctimony. The Focus is ugly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My condolences and prayers to the family and friends.


        And Mehdi Cheddadi, I found that to be very rude and disrespectful. Grow Up.

          • 7 Years Ago
          KCurtis: your findings don't matter
          have a nice day
      • 7 Years Ago
      my condolences, but I bet this person was either bypassing saftey equipment protection or not following safety procedures properly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Matt, you are a piece of SHI_!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's always sad to hear about something like this, my thoughts and prayers are with their friends and family
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      God bless the worker and family of the worker.
      • 7 Years Ago
      >>> My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the employee.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dare you to come and try my job in the chassis section for one week on my shift.
      Those who've worked nightshift while your children are young know what I'm talking about.
      Also, on many jobs, you use muscles that you don't normally use on any other day or job.
      By the end of the day you feel like you've been beat up. Imagine a whole week.

      As for the accident: prayers go for the family; prayers go for the friends of the deceased; prayers go for the coworkers; prayers go for those who saw the tragedy and to those who heard the sounds the tragedy as it unfolded.

      Witnesses to the scene say that it looked like a horror movie.
      missed
      • 6 Years Ago
      my condolences & prayers to the family & letting you know he is still missed & spoke of.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My condolences.

      That said, there are riskier professions that get paid less (ie working for any meat supplier) that still leaves a sour taste in my mouth about the UAW.

      At least we know that this man's family will get its proper compensation.
        • 7 Years Ago
        So? If they're unhappy with their pay and working conditions, they should collectively bargain for improvements. Don't blame the UAW for it's success.

        In any case, we don't know that his family will be compensated; at GM your survivors won't get a penny if you violate the safety rules.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You must really let those wages bother you. A man gets kill while working and all you can think of are his high wages. I find that sick!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        John Dee, people die all the time. Since we rarely hear of assembly line workers dying on the job (from an unknown cause, no less ... could have been a heart attack), it's safe to say that it is a relatively safe job. Do you get upset every time a hooker dies (of any cause) and someone else only says "I feel sorry for her family?" What more do you want a random person on the internet to do? Just because some one is reconciled to the fact that death occurs doesn't mean you need to overcompensate for some perceived emotional discrepancy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What the hell, do your irrelevant comments have in common with this article sandump?
        • 7 Years Ago
        We need to pay UAW workers $3,000,000 each, because obviously they die more than other professionals.

        I don't hear any sort of story about this on security guards, soldiers, car wash employees, gas station employees, cops, or anybody else!

        UAW for teh win!
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