DANVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program slapping a big fine on the Goodyear plant in Danville. The fine is for serious safety and health violations. Four people died on the job at the Danville plant within a year.
VOSH issued four willful, 115 serious, three other serious violations, and $1,012,400 in penalties on Oct. 7. It's part of a comprehensive safety and health inspection.
"Goodyear is committed to the health and safety of all its associates. We are reviewing the citations received from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program office this week and will work with VOSH and the United Steel Workers to implement any necessary additional corrective actions at our Danville plant, beyond those we have already identified ourselves and are addressing," Goodyear said in a statement released Thursday.
VOSH also issued 2 willful, 2 serious violations and $152,600 in penalties in response to Charles "Greg" Cooper's death. He died on April 12, 2016 from burns and drowning when his body was found in a tire curing press with a co-worker.
Jeanie Strader died August 31, 2015 after authorities say workers were exposed to machinery without enery-control devices.
Strader, Cooper and Kevin Waid Edmonds deaths prompted VOSH to conduct the comprehensive inspections.
While these inspections were still open, a fourth person died at the plant on August 12, 2016. William Christopher Scheier was 47. This incident again involved a worker engaged in maintenance activities getting caught in a machine that was not deenergized and locked out.
The second and third deaths, two comprehensive inspections, a non-fatal steam burn accident investigation and a fingertip amputation have resulted in citations.
The VOSH investigation into the fourth fatality is ongoing.
Goodyear Tire and Rubber has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with VOSH's Roanoke Regional Director, or contest the citations and penalties.