DANVILLE, Va. (Feb. 13, 2017) — Goodyear has agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties in connection with state investigations into four fatal accidents at Goodyear's Danville plant during a 12-month period starting in August 2015.
Goodyear and the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program announced the settlement jointly.
The $1.75 million in penalties include $1 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia and $750,000 to abate the hazards VOSH found at the Danville plant and to implement a new health and safety management system.
VOSH said it conducted 11 inspections at the Danville plant within the last 18 months and found four willful and more than 100 serious violations at the facility, many of them related to failure to lockout and tagout potentially dangerous equipment.
The willful violations alone accounted for $1.64 million in fines, according to the attachments to the pre-citation settlement agreement signed by Goodyear and VOSH Feb. 10.
VOSH originally announced fines last October of more than $1 million in the matter. Goodyear subsequently contested the fines.