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Man Killed in Auto Plant Accident


Workplaces can be unsafe. It’s not what employees want to hear, but it’s true. Many people are injured or killed in workplace accidents every year. When there are tools and machinery involved, the risk of a serious injury is much higher.

A man was recently killed while working at an automotive plant. The fatal accident occurred on November 9, 2023, in Piedmont, South Carolina.

The automotive manufacturer reported that an employee was involved in an accident while at work. First responders and emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident, but the man tragically died from his injuries.

Operations at the plant were stopped for the rest of the day, with employees sent home. Production resumed the next day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the accident and is investigating the circumstances.

Accidents at Auto Plants

Thousands of South Carolinians work at automotive assembly plants.  Despite generally offering good pay and benefits, these jobs can still be dangerous.

The most commonly reported injuries in auto plants include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Bruises
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic injuries (head trauma, spinal cord injuries, burns, etc.)

The most common accidents in auto plants include slips, trips, and falls, repetitive motions,  contact with an object, and overexertion.  Additionally, auto workers are exposed to dangerous tools and equipment  part of assembly line work and can suffer from broken bones, lifting injuries, and falls from heights. These same workers may also get their hands or limbs accidentally caught in machinery, leading to amputations.

Because there may also be chemicals involved in the manufacturing process, chemical exposure is also a risk to workers at auto plants. Chemicals can get on the skin or in the eyes or nose and cause burns, itchiness, redness, inflammation, and other reactions.

While most auto plants comply with safety laws, some may  not follow proper safety precautions. For instance, a company may not train employees on what to do when a machine malfunctions or require managers to fix the issue promptly. This means that employees may often try to fix machines themselves, causing them to sustain serious – or even fatal – injuries.

Contact Us Today

Manufacturing plants use a lot of machinery, which can be dangerous for employees. A person can suffer catastrophic – or even fatal -injuries through no fault of their own.

If you are injured at work, contact the experienced Columbia workplace accidents lawyers at Simmons Law Firm to discuss your options and determine what compensation you may be entitled to. Let us help you with your case. It’s free to discuss. Call (803) 779-4600 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation.



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