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Oct. 13 — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. faces proposed fines of about $1.2 million in the wake of investigations prompted by two deaths and a burn injury, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry announced Oct. 13.
Conditions at the factory in Danville, Va., came under close scrutiny following the deaths of four workers from Aug. 31, 2015, through Aug. 12. The state continues to investigate the most recent death and fines were previously proposed for the first fatality.
“While the citations and penalties issued in the inspections to date indicate that very serious problems appear to have existed for an extended period of time at the plant, the Department intends to work closely with Goodyear, the United Steelworkers and site employees and managers to enhance the site’s safety and health management systems and workplace culture,” state Labor Commissioner C. Ray Davenport said in a statement.
Bloomberg BNA phone call requests on Oct. 13 for comments from Goodyear in Danville and at its headquarters were not returned.
Many of the alleged violations involve improperly protecting workers from operating machinery and not correctly disconnecting machinery while maintenance work was ongoing, the department said.
Virginia conducted the inspections and levied the fines because the state has oversight of workplace safety and health, not the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The new allegations include six willful, 118 serious and three other-than-serious violations.
The willful violations include:
Goodyear has 15 days after receiving the citations to decide if it will contest the citations, potentially through state court.
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