Woman dies at Autoneum plant in Jeffersonville

Published: Oct. 22, 2017 at 11:12 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2017 at 11:22 PM EDT
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JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Jeffersonville police are investigating a death at an auto machine factory.

A woman was killed Saturday night at Autoneum North America, located on River Ridge Parkway. The company makes parts for General Motors and Ford.

The incident involved machinery, according to police, and they believe it was an accident.

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The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Melissa Stephens, 44. Her autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

WAVE 3 News reached out the company, which is based in Switzerland, but have not yet received a comment.

OSHA is investigating Stephens' death.

Looking into the company's records, we found hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for safety violations.

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We talked to two former Autoneum employees. One man said he quit the auto parts factory because of what he called dangerous working conditions.

Autoneum has five factories in the US. We found the company has faced numerous OSHA violations before at its other plants - 33 in the past four years alone.

We did not find not find any from the Jeffersonville plant. But, earlier this year, the company was fined nearly $600,000 after a worker lost an arm in a shredder in Ohio. OSHA also reported the shredder did not have a proper guard to avoid injury.

OSHA stated three of the violations were willful, meaning the company was aware of the problem.

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