Worker Dies at KS Tire Plant

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 03:03 PM gHale

Federal investigators were looking into what went wrong Tuesday after a contract employee died at the Topeka, KS, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant.

James Lay Jr., 61, of Topeka, a worker from a Topeka employment agency, died Tuesday at the plant, officials said. There was no immediate word on what caused his death.

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Compliance officers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were en route to the plant “to find out what might have caused this unfortunate incident,” said spokesman Scott Allen.

“At this point we don’t know what may have caused the fatality,” Allen said,

Lay’ was a contract employee from Kansas Personnel Services, said company president Paul Bossert.

Bossert read a statement mid-morning Tuesday regarding Lay’s death.

“We regret to confirm that early this morning, a contractor employed by Kansas Personnel Services Inc. died at the Goodyear Topeka manufacturing facility. Goodyear’s on-site emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel, responded immediately.

“Goodyear is coordinating with Kansas Personnel Services on the investigation. The cause of death has not been determined.”

Goodyear officials released the same statement.

Allen said OSHA officers have six months to complete investigations, but they typically wrap up earlier than that.

Authorities said local fire departments and first responders don’t typically respond to incidents at Goodyear, which they said is an “exempt facility” that has its own fire department and medical team on site.

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