Thursday, 10 December 2020 19:33

COVID-19 Hits FCA Workers: 2 From Warren Truck, 1 From Sterling Heights Dead

Written by Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press


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COVID-19 is hitting autoworkers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles once again.

Two workers at Warren Truck Assembly have died recently, according to the company.


That follows the death last month of a forklift operator who worked at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. The man's death followed a monthlong battle with COVID-19, according to his obituary.


The deaths of the Warren Truck workers elevate a grim toll connected to the plant. Although it's not clear where the workers contracted the virus, six workers from the plant have died since the start of the pandemic. FCA said it believes the exposure of the latest Warren workers happened elsewhere.
"FCA was saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two employees from our Warren Truck Assembly Plant and one employee from our Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Based on our aggressive contact tracing protocols, we believe that these positive cases did not come from exposure inside the plants. In fact, one of the Warren Truck employees had not been in the plant since June when it shut down for retooling," FCA said in a statement Dec. 9.


That retooling was to allow the plant to prepare for production of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. 


The toll from the pandemic has hit many areas beyond the automotive industry. Michigan counted 10,000 dead as of Dec. 8, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordering U.S. and Michigan flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of those who've died, according to Free Press reporting this week.


"As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the country, no community, business or industry is immune to the impact of this virus. Like other companies, FCA...

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