Danville, Virginia — Goodyear has confirmed that another employee has died in an accident at its tire plant in Danville, according to local media reports.
Company employee William Scheier was named as the victim of the 12 Aug incident, which is being called an “industrial accident.”
Assuming the latest reports are correct, Scheier, who was reportedly in his 40s, is the fourth worker to die at the tire maker's Danville facility in less than a year.
On 12 April, Greg Cooper, an 18-year associate and maintenance mechanic at Goodyear-Danville, passed away while at work. The local medical examiner attributed the death to “drowning and thermal injuries”.
The fatality happened two weeks after Kevin Edmonds, 54, died at the plant on 31 March as a result of what was also described as an industrial accident.
Also, Jeanie Strader, 56, died on 31 Aug 2015, after being caught in machine rollers, according to a document by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – the US federal agency that oversees workplace safety.
Goodyear had not issued a statement about the latest (12 Aug) fatality as of 15 Aug.
In its statement on the previous fatality (12 April), Goodyear said: “There is no higher priority for Goodyear than the safety and well-being of its associates.
"The company is taking this matter very seriously, working with local officials, as well as OSHA, to determine the cause of Greg’s death.”