Bodenbender was killed on Tuesday afternoon while he was working on a crane above a pit used to store coke. He fell 25 to 30 feet, according to sources that spoke to the Blade. The local sheriff told Automotive News it took hours to recover Bodenbender's body following the fall, and reports indicate that the official cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Defiance County, OH medical examiner.
The foundry, which was cited for two minor OSHA violations in its last inspection, manufacturers cylinder blocks, heads, and crankshafts for some of GM's V6 and V8 engines.
"General Motors is committed to employee safety and plant leadership is working closely with authorities to investigate what happened. We offer our thoughts and prayers to all who are impacted by this tragedy," a GM statement obtained by the Blade read.