Va. Goodyear plant confirms 4th fatality in 1 year

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Goodyear has confirmed that an employee died in an industrial accident at its Danville plant.

Media outlets report that the employee who died Friday morning has been identified as William “Billy” Scheier of Halifax. He was in his late 40s.

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry spokesman Ron Graham says the incident has been classified as an industrial accident. He says the department has six months to investigate the incident and issue citations if there are violations.

The incident Friday marked the fourth worker death in one year at the Danville Goodyear plant.

Goodyear is facing three violations and a $17,000 fine from 56-year-old Jeanie Strader’s death last year. Two other deaths are still being investigated — those of 54-year-old Kevin Edmonds in March and 52-year-old Greg Cooper in April.

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