VA Goodyear Plant Reopens after Fatality

Friday, April 15, 2016 @ 03:04 PM gHale


The Goodyear plant in Danville, VA, opened up Friday after temporarily closing following the third fatality at the facility in eight months.

Goodyear confirmed a death Tuesday morning and identified the employee who died as Greg Cooper, who had been with the company for 18 years.

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Goodyear’s on-site emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel, “responded immediately, and all parties are cooperating in the investigation into the root cause of the incident,” company officials said.

Goodyear has reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Kevin Edmonds, 54, of Penhook, VA, died during his work shift on March 31. In August 2015, Jeanie Lynne Strader, 56, of Chatham, VA, died in an accident at the plant.

Goodyear is Danville’s largest private employer.