Collapsed Wall Kills One, Injures Another at Ford Plant

damaged-hard-hatA contract worker was killed and another worker was critically injured Saturday when a wall collapsed at Ford Motor Company’s Chicago Assembly Plant located on the Far South Side of the city.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the accident happened just before 11 a.m. in the part of the plant located in the 12600 block of Torrence Avenue, which is under construction.

Fire officials stated that a portion of an eight foot by eight foot concrete wall collapsed. The collapse killed a 45-year-old worker and injured a 48-year-old worker who attempted to help the first victim. The second man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious-to-critical condition.

The 45-year-old worker from Carol Stream was pronounced dead at Advocate Trinity Hospital. An autopsy conducted on Sunday revealed that the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries caused by the collapsed wall.

The cause of the collapse was not immediately known, but the death has been ruled an accident.

Ford issued a statement that identified the deceased worker as a contract worker. The company he worked for was not identified. The automaker also expressed its condolences to his family, colleagues and friends. Ford is cooperating with the investigation into the incident.

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