SHELBY TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Police say a worker at a metro Detroit auto parts factory was killed when a 10,000-pound industrial die fell on him.

The 42-year-old man was killed around 1 p.m. Thursday at Mollertech, near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads in Shelby Township.

The employee was working on an overhead crane when a five-ton die fell on him, trapping him underneath. The man, whose name has not yet been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say they’re trying to determine if there was a failure in the process somewhere that led to the accident. Police say there were no signs of foul play.

Company official Ingo Pridoehl said the plant’s 140 workers were sent home for the day and it’s uncertain when the plant will reopen.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

The plant, which is owned by Germany-based MollerGroup GmbH, makes plastic parts for auto interiors.

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