Calls for improved safety following tragedy at Fiat factory – report

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A 52-year-old maintenance contractor has lost his life at a Fiat factory, making it the second death at an automotive manufacturing facility in as many weeks.

Metalworker unions in Southern Italy have called for improvements to safety at a factory which produces Fiat engines.

According to Automotive News Europe, a 52-year-old contractor at the Fiat engine plant died while conducting maintenance on a piece of machinery last week, prompting calls for a strike from union officials.

Drive understands the facility may produce diesel engines fitted to the Fiat Ducato van sold in Australia.

“Stellantis expresses its deep sorrow and sympathy to the family [of the victim]” a spokesperson said in a statement.

Stellantis is the parent company of 14 brands, including Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroen, Jeep, Maserati, Peugeot, Ram, and Fiat.

“The company … is actively collaborating with the judicial authorities and the police, who are investigating the causes of the accident,” the spokesperson added.

News of the death comes just days after a veteran Subaru employee died while working at a factory in Japan.

Drive has contacted Fiat Australia to confirm whether local deliveries of the commercial van have been affected.

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