Virginia Goodyear Plant Records Fourth Worker Death in a Year

on the job injury

A worker was fatally injured at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Danville, Virginia on Friday, marking the fourth death to be recorded at the site since August of 2015.

Officials Investigate Worker’s Death

According to Reuters, the identity of the worker and the circumstances of their death have not been release. However the Virginia Occupational Safety and health Program is investigating the incident.

Three other deaths have been recorded at the plant, located roughly 250 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., since last August.

Following an investigation by regulatory officials, the plant was fined $16,975 for workplace standard violations. Goodyear is in the process of contesting those fines.

On the Job Injury Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 work related deaths were recorded in 2014 – this averages to 13 deaths per day or more than 92 deaths each week.
  • 4,386 of the recorded deaths occurred in private industry with 899 occurring in construction.
  • Among the most common causes of workplace deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by object
    • Caught-in/between

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