Police: Worker killed in Genesee Township power plant accident
GENESEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A worker was killed in what police are calling an industrial accident at a power station in Genesee Township.
Police say 25-year-old Travis Wilson died Thursday morning, June 14 at Genesee Power Station, located at 5310 North Dort Highway.
According to police, Wilson was working to loosen the end cap of a 10-inch water pipe which was under pressure.
When the cap became loose, the pressure caused it to strike Wilson in the head, killing him.
Police say while they are not pursuing criminal charges, evidence and information gathered on the incident will be turned over to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for further review.
Genesee Power Station produces biomass fuel from wood debris and scrap tires, which it then provides to Consumers Energy.
Police say Wilson was an employee of Genesee Recycling.
CMS Energy, the parent company that owns Genesee Power Station, released the following statement in regard to Wilson's death:
On behalf of our colleagues at Genesee Power Station and CMS Energy, we are deeply saddened by June 14’s fatal incident involving a power station co-worker. While we mourn this loss, we are assisting plant colleagues with grief counseling and will work with investigators to understand the events that led to this tragic incident. Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the employee’s family and friends.