- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Goodyear plant in southern Virginia is set to reopen Friday in the wake of a third death there in eight months.

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Southwest Region Safety Director Lee Willis tells the Danville Register & Bee (https://bit.ly/1oWYcIm ) that an investigation into the death of Greg Cooper could take six months.

Goodyear said in a news release that Cooper, an 18-year employee with the company died in a workplace accident early Tuesday morning.

Goodyear-Danville Manufacturing Director Greg Kerr said in a statement that the plant is closed until Friday to allow for local authorities and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the incident. Willis says the plant’s closure was a precautionary measure on Goodyear’s part.

The company is Danville’s largest private employer.



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Information from: Danville Register & Bee, https://www.registerbee.com

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