Authorities release name of woman who died at Jeffersonville aut - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Authorities release name of woman who died at Jeffersonville auto parts plant

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We now know the name of the woman who died after an incident at a Jeffersonville auto parts plant. 

The coroner says 44-year-old Melissa Stephens suffered multiple blunt force trauma due to an accident involving a machine in the plant. 

It happened late Saturday night at the Autoneum North America facility at River Ridge. The company makes parts for Ford and General Motors. The circumstances leading up to the accident are under investigation by OSHA.

On Monday, company officials released the following statement confirming the accident:

We confirm that a fatal accident happened Saturday night at the Autoneum plant in Jeffersonville, Indiana. We immediately started an internal investigation and work closely together with various authorities. As a globally producing company, Autoneum complies with occupational health and safety regulations at all locations and is committed to the highest local and international standards in this area.

We are deeply affected by this accident and our thoughts go out to the family of our colleague.

Freundliche Grüsse / Kind Regards,

Dr. Anahid Rickmann
Head Corporate Communications & Responsibility

A public record search reveals the Switzerland-based company has had dozens of safety violations in its North American plants. In May OSHA fined the company more than a half-million dollars after a worker's arm was cut off in a facility in Ohio.

Autoneum has not returned our requests for comment.


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