LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Records show Ford Motor Company is contesting more than $37,000 in fines stemming from the December 9, 2017, death of a worker at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville.

On May 30, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet cited Ford for seven “serious” violations of workplace safety rules. The company contested the citation and its proposed $37,800 in fines on June 22, online records said.

The citation came after an investigation into the death of 41-year-old Ivan Bridgewater of Seymour, Indiana.

The inspection detail posted online on OSHA's website said the worker was troubleshooting a dock lock in a poorly lit area. 

"The employee suffered crushed injuries to include rib fractures and hemorrhaging which killed him,” said a summary of the OSHA citation posted online.

The Jefferson County coroner’s office said on December 14 that Bridgewater died of blunt force trauma and ruled his death an accident.


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