Nissan focuses on safety following US factory deaths

Nissan Motor Co. is focusing on safety at its manufacturing facilities in the US following the deaths of three workers at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The three fatalities occurred within an 18 month period.

As reported in Automotive News, the fatalities included Michael Hooper, 43 who died on June 16. A maintenance worker, he was killed in an accident in the plant's body assembly area.

Nissan manufacturing spokesman Justin Saia said the company is working with authorities to investigate this incident.

In addition, a supplier worker was killed in an accident inside the plant's paint operation in April this year. The name of this worker has not been identified.

And a contract driver for the operation was killed in a road accident on the property in January 2012.

"We are implementing additional rigorous safety audits of all contractors at our facilities to ensure adherence to safety standards and guidelines," the company said in a written statement.

"We continue to implement stricter governance and oversight over all contractors and their employees operating in our facilities, including mandatory participation in weekly safety briefings led by Nissan safety personnel. We also require that contractors conduct job hazard analysis reviews prior to performing any task at our facilities."

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