‘Significant penalties’ will be levied against Danville’s Goodyear plant after 4 worker deaths in a year
Matt Bell/Register & Bee
Goodyear is Danville’s largest private employer.
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2016 6:45 pm
By The (Danville) Register & Bee
Goodyear’s Danville plant faces “significant penalties” related to recent deaths there and health and safety conditions at the facility, an official with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday.
Jennifer Rose, VOSH safety director, said a citation was issued last week for a workplace fatality and others will be issued against Goodyear today related to another fatality, a steam burn incident, and health and safety comprehensive inspections.
Rose said she could not reveal the dollar amount of penalties.
“There are significant penalties related to the citations,” she said.
A news release will be issued next week revealing the amounts of the fines, Rose said.
William “Billy” Scheier of Halifax County died at the plant in August. His death was the fourth worker fatality in a year at Danville’s largest private employer.
Goodyear workers Greg Cooper, 52, died April 12, and Kevin Edmonds, 54, died March 31.
In August 2015, Jeanie Lynne Strader, 56, of Chatham, died in an accident. Citations were issued against Goodyear for the incident. The company is contesting the citations, which include $16,975 in fines.