Contract Worker Dies at Tire Manufacturing Plant

Topeka, KS – OSHA is investigating the death of 61-year-old James Lay, Jr. who was fatally injured at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Topeka, Kan. manufacturing facility on Tuesday, March 15.

According to the wife of the victim, speaking to the local news media, an object fell and struck Lay on the head, causing a fatal injury.

The fatality comes just weeks after Goodyear Tire reached a settlement with OSHA after four fatalities occurred at its Danville, VA plant over the course of a year.

The agreement includes a commitment to assist the Goodyear, Danville Plant towards achieving its goal of becoming a national leader in occupational safety and health by successfully completing the application process for membership in the Virginia Voluntary Protection Program.

The agreement also lays out a process for elimination of the numerous workplace hazards identified during inspections conducted over the last eighteen months.