A worker has died at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna, TN following an accident. According to The Detroit News, the tragedy happened Thursday and involved a large electric panel that fell while it was being moved. The victim was not a Nissan employee, he was a worker for Michigan-based supplier Complete Automation.

Nissan has not released the name of the deceased, but has vowed to cooperate with the authorities investigating the accident. The Murfreesboro Post notes that this is the second death at the plant in recent years – in 2012, a transport truck driver was killed after his rig rolled forward, crushing him between his cab and trailer.


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      Wojo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stuff does happen, but in the corporate industrial safety mindset there is no such thing as an "accident", someone is always negligent. Somebody's head will roll for this one, even if they had nothing to do with it.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad...but stuff happens when moving large heavy objects. Shipyards and other heavy equipment mfrs have accidents that in hindsight look preventable...but again, stuff happens. Watch your back.
      alamkarb
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just want to add my thoughts and prayers to the family of the deceased.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      the industry rather have the person die than get maimed, since paying off a life insurance policy is much cheaper than lifetime in medical care. So their policy is to make sure when they are moving the equipment, it is as big as possible and the person has to stand right under it
        alamkarb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LW
        If someone gets hurt,and racks up a huge medical bill it can be bad news for the employee. We just had a guy at work get hurt doing a job he was told to do. He fell off a ladder,and hurt his knee. They gave him a certain amount of time to get well,and he didn\'t. The worker had worked there for over 20 years,and was near retirement age. He is also a huge man. I think the company no doubt saw him as a liability. He was outspoken about stuff too which didn\'t help matters. I just thought this was sorry as all get out esp. considering the man has also lost his Dad and a young grandson in the last year or so.
      Hernan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is horrible, my heart goes out to the family. I will say I'm disappointed at Autoblog's article, though. It seems disingenuous to plaster a huge Nissan logo on the story, and call it "the second death at the plant in recent years" (with the undertone of suggesting that the plant is unsafe) when neither death seems to have actually been related to Nissan's procedures or the plant itself. The first one was a truck accident, and the more recent one was a contractor working for another company that 'makes paint systems for Nissan' and was probably in the process of installing the large electric panel that fell. The third article also mentions another accident where a supplier was seriously injured while repairing a machine. All of these things SUCK, but they don't seem to show the plant is unsafe.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hernan
        does it really surprise you? ever since huffpo joined aol the reporting has gone down hill
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      My thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased and family
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      meanwhile, walmart is asking its supplier why the delay in the moo-moos that it buys for 5 cents and sells for $5
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      Bobby_Sards
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate hearing about work related accidents. Such an awful way to go. Condolences to the family
      ffforte
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared to the dangerous workplaces early of the past, these events are relatively rare. Of course even one death is too much. Interesting to note the top two causes of workplace related fatalities. They are vehicle accidents (39%) and assaults/violence/homicides (18%).
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