Worker killed in accident at Detroit Metro

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Romulus — A worker is dead after an accident at Detroit Metropolitan Airport operations early Friday morning.

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. when an employee of Prospect Airport Services was severely injured while working on the ramp in the area of a belt loader adjacent to an American Airlines jet.

Airport spokesman Michael Conway said the man was getting ready to load items onto a plane bound for Dallas-Fort Worth.

Airport police and fire responded and transported the unidentified loader to a local hospital where he died.

“Words cannot express how incredibly saddened we are by today's tragedy which resulted in the loss of a dedicated Prospect team member,” Prospect Airport Services President Vicki Strobel said. “We have never experienced such a devastating loss in our nearly 50 years of providing aviation support services. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers during this extremely difficult time."

According to Strobel, grief counselors are being made available to co-workers and family members.

Strobel indicated that Prospect will work closely with officials to determine the cause of the accident.

This is the second time in three days in Metro Detroit that a workplace accident has claimed the life of a worker during the early morning hours.

On Wednesday, a Canton Township man was electrocuted while working the outside controls of a lift truck.

The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. at Tower Automotive in Clinton Township, when the victim was using outside controls to unload metal from a truck into a metal container. The man was electrocuted when the lift touched overhead power lines, which also set the truck on fire.

The Associated Press contributed.

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