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Goodyear fined for deaths at tire plant

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016   

Tire manufacturer Goodyear has been fined over $1 million over the deaths of factory employees and numerous other employee safety violations at one of its plants in Danville, Virginia.

Virginia’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (VOSH) cited the company for four willful violations of safety policy, and 118 serious violations. These are tied to safety conditions at the plant, such as not following certain protocols and not having proper guarding outside of machinery. One man was killed on April 12th by drowning in equipment that contained boiling water and oil. Another employee sustained burn injuries while testing a tire curing press.

Goodyear has implemented a thorough safety review of its plant and is hoping to prevent future accidents and violations, but it clearly has a long road ahead of it.

Workplace safety is of paramount importance. Employers are required to maintain safety on their premises and train employees on how to avoid hazards associated with their jobs. If you have lost a loved one as a result of unsafe workplace conditions, you may be able to hold the employer accountable for your tragic loss. Call the Tennessee wrongful death attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP, at 615-277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.

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