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Worker dies at Michigan Stellantis stamping plant

Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press on

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A worker has died at Stellantis' Sterling Stamping Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Details of what happened remain unclear as the case is being investigated. The Free Press left messages for Sterling Heights Police seeking additional details.

Jodi Tinson — a spokeswoman for Stellantis, the company formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA Group — provided a statement confirming Wednesday's death:

"Stellantis confirms that there was a workplace accident at the Sterling Stamping Plant on April 21, resulting in the death of one of our employees. The incident is currently under investigation. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our employee."

The man was listed as a third-shift crane operator, according to a Facebook posting by Local 1264. The union noted that grief counselors would be available at the plant.

Comments from coworkers described him as an awesome guy and great person.


UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the union's Stellantis department, said thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"We are working with our joint UAW-Stellantis Health and Safety Department to get more information on this fatal workplace accident and providing the necessary support for our Local 1264 brothers and sisters during this crisis," she said in a statement.

UAW President Rory Gamble also released a statement:

“Our prayers go out to the loved ones of our brother who died last evening. Every day our UAW members kiss their families goodbye and head to work proud of their craft and with hopes for their future. Today one of our members will not return home because of a workplace injury. Next week is Workers Memorial Day and the UAW will honor our members who died on the job from workplace injuries this year," he said.

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