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Chrysler fighting fines in Kokomo

by Bill Cawthon on

The Kokomo Tribune reports that Chrysler is challenging $200,000 in fines and safety orders from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The state issued the penalties following its investigation of a fatal accident at Chrysler’s Kokomo Casting Plant last December.

Claude Brock, 61, a maintenance employee from Marion, Indiana, died on New Year’s Eve, 2010, while working on an overhead conveyor. Brock apparently stepped over a guardrail and fell, sustaining head injuries. He died later that same day.

The state completed its investigation in early June and cited Chrysler for six safety violations. Chrysler had until June 27 to correct the cited conditions but decided to contest the IOSHA findings and penalties before an administrative judge. Representatives from both sides will meet within the next 30 days according to Department of Labor spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland

Chrysler spokeswoman Jodi Tinson declined to comment.

Read the whole story in the Kokomo Tribune.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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