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Goodyear closes Danville plant temporarily after 3rd death

The Goodyear plant in Danville, Va., is shown in a Tuesday, April 12, 2016 photo. Goodyear temporarily halted operations at the plant Tuesday for an investigation following a second fatality in less than a month at the plant, and the third in 8 months. Goodyear, Danville's largest private employer, says the plant will be closed for a full evaluation of the facility and investigation of the incident.

The Goodyear plant in Danville, Va., is shown in a Tuesday, April 12, 2016 photo. Goodyear temporarily halted operations at the plant Tuesday for an investigation following a second fatality in less than a month at the plant, and the third in 8 months. Goodyear, Danville’s largest private employer, says the plant will be closed for a full evaluation of the facility and investigation of the incident.

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Goodyear is closing a southern Virginia plant temporarily after a third death there in eight months.

Media outlets report that Goodyear confirmed Tuesday’s death at the Danville plant in a statement. Goodyear, Danville’s largest private employer, says the plant will be closed for an evaluation of the facility and investigation of the incident.

The company says its on-site emergency response team and local emergency personnel responded immediately. The company says it has reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Goodyear identified the dead employee as Greg Cooper, who had worked for the company for 18 years.

This is the third death at the plant in eight months. Officials say Kevin Edmonds died at the plant March 31 and Jeanie Lynne Strader died there in August 2015.

 

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