A worker died Saturday at the Hyundai Motor Group’s Metaplant America site in Black Creek, according to a press release sent Tuesday from the company.
“Hyundai Motor Group is deeply saddened that a subcontractor died on April 29, 2023, as a result of injuries sustained in a workplace accident at the construction site of its Metaplant America manufacturing facility in Bryan County,” the company’s release said. “The safety and security of everyone in our facility and at the construction site is our highest priority and we have full commitment to following Occupational Industrial Safety and Health policies.”
Hyundai said the worker, whose identity was not released, “fell from a three-story paint shop structure,” and that “initial information indicates the individual’s safety harness lanyard failed. Together with the contractor and the relevant authorities, we are fully supporting the investigation to understand the full circumstances of the incident to ensure this type of accident does not reoccur.
“We express our deepest condolences to the individual’s family, friends and coworker,” the release said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.
The Savannah Harbor Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority, which consists of officials from Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham and Effingham counties, also released a statement Tuesday.
"The Savannah Harbor Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority offers its condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the subcontractor who died on April 29 at the construction site for Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America. The employee was employed by a subcontractor on the site. Hyundai Motor Group’s, Hyundai Engineering America’s, and the subcontractor’s primary concern has been and will continue to be the safety and security of everyone on the construction site. They are fully cooperating with the investigation."