Family, friends and colleagues are morning the loss of wastewater operator Donald Megge of Sterling Heights, MI., who was killed in a waste water treatment accident at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jefferson North Assembly Plant. Megge, 53, was found May 5. The incident is under investigation and the UAW released this statement:

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family, friends and all of those who worked with UAW member Donald Megge, 53  ... Megge, a millwright and wastewater operator, died while he was performing regular preventative maintenance during a shift that started at 5:30 a.m. He was working alone and discovered at about 6:30 this morning ...

According to a report in The Detroit News the company released this statement:

“FCA US is deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took the life of an 18-year employee at Jefferson North this morning and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family,” the automaker said in a statement Tuesday.

“The safety of our employees is our first priority, and we will continue to work in cooperation with the authorities, including (Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration), to investigate the circumstances surrounding this terrible tragedy.”

FCA US, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, said counselors were on-site to assist employees as needed.

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