Federal authorities have stepped in to investigate the death of Terry Bodenbender, 50, after the electrician fell 30-feet into a pit at the Defiance, Ohio casting operations facility. Authorities stated Bodenbender was working on a crane above the pit when he fell.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has taken on the investigation, which could take up to six months to complete, according to Automotive News.
OSHA will take the time to interview employees and gather evidence surrounding the incident, which could lead to citations or penalties if a violation is discovered.
Authorities stated it took hours to recover Bodenbender’s body
“It’s not meant for humans to go down there,” authorities said.
Meanwhile, General Motors has issued a statement regarding Bodenbender’s death, and offered condolences to those involved in the tragic circumstances.
“General Motors is committed to employee safety and plant leadership is working closely with authorities to investigate what happened,” the statement reads in part. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to all who are impacted by this tragedy.”