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3 deaths reported at Smyrna Nissan plant since 1999

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The Nissan plant in Smyrna is one of the largest auto manufacturing facilities in the country. (WSMV) The Nissan plant in Smyrna is one of the largest auto manufacturing facilities in the country. (WSMV)
SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -

Investigators are trying to determine how an employee died in an accident at the Nissan plant in Smyrna Wednesday morning.

Nissan has released few details surrounding the man's death, but the Channel 4 I-Team has learned this isn't the first time an employee has been hurt on the job and died.

This is the third death at the Smyrna Nissan plant since 1999.

Documents obtained by the I-Team also detail other injuries and thousands of dollars in penalties.

Inspection reports show numerous workplace injuries and another death back in 2013 that involved heavy machinery.

According to documents, another employee lost a fingertip last year while operating equipment without the safety cover in place. It happened again in January when a different employee was also involved in an amputation incident.

One inspection report shows the plant was fined more than $10,000.

The Nissan plant in Smyrna is one of the largest auto manufacturing plants in the country. It is more than 6 million square feet and employs 8,400 people. It produces more than half a million vehicles a year.

A spokesman for Nissan would not answer questions regarding past incidents.

Tennessee OSHA was on site at the facility Thursday investigating. They are compiling information about the incident to determine what happened. The final report is expected to be completed in four to six weeks.

Nissan has paid more than $18,000 in fines since 2007.

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