The coronavirus pandemic has caused more havoc in all strands of life than we could ever imagine. The auto industry has taken a major hit as a result of the negative impact of this covid-19 on production, sales as well as supplies.
Just recently, the American automaker Ford has disclosed the death of the 5th worker after testing positive to the deadly virus while FCA has made a confirmation of the death of 8th employee from this virus.
Ford, through an email sent to workers last Thursday confirmed this said news. The automaker made it known that the staff worker reportedly worked at Livonia Transmission Plant, which is responsible for manufacturing transmissions for over 50% of the company’s vehicles. In just few weeks, Ford has recorded deaths from its data center in Dearborn, another one from Dearborn Manufacturing Plant, one from Michigan Assembly and one as well from Dearborn Stamping.
According to Bob Groden, who happens to be the plant manager, in a letter written saying:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share this news with you. Nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our workforce. The last day that this employee worked was March 18, so the quarantine period has expired. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.4 or higher, a cough or shortness of breath, please contact your medical provider.”
At Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), it was confirmed on Thursday by the United Auto Workers union that a staff of the company that was stationed to the parking department of the Mopar national parts distribution center, has lost the fight against the deadly coronavirus. This according to report is the second recorded death of workers at this center, and eighth in total of deaths recorded by the company.
In a statement, the spokeswoman for FCA, Jodi Tinson, said:
“Out of respect for the privacy of the families and those impacted by this situation, we are declining to comment,”