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Employee who died while working at Danville Goodyear plant identified

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - The woman who died Monday while working at the Danville Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was said to be a very loving and caring person, as well as an accomplished pianist.

According to an obituary posted on Wednesday, Sept. 2, "Jeanie Lynne Strader, 56, of Woodlawn Heights, Chatham, Va. went home to be with her Lord suddenly on Monday, August 31, 2015 due to an accident while working at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company."

Jeanie was employed by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 15 years where she worked as a windup operator and roll changer.

The family says they'll receive friends at the funeral home Thursday night, September 3, 2015 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. The family said memorial donations may be made to the Williamson Memorial Presbyterian Church located at 483 Mountain Hill Road in Ringgold. Online condolences may be made at www.wrenn-yeatts.com.

Jeanie Strader's full obituary here 

The Danville Goodyear Plant is currently at the center of a federal investigation following Jeanie's death. Jeanie died at the plant around 9:30 Monday night.

Danville police said the death appeared to be an accident, but local OSHA investigators said they would not release any details about the incident until an investigation is completed.

This is not the first time the Danville Goodyear facility has been investigated by OSHA.

According to OSHA records, in June 2011, the company was fined $2,975 for a serious health violation which involved asbestos. OSHA officials said Goodyear was fined an additional $1,000 in August, 2011 because the asbestos violation was not fixed in a timely manner.

A spokesperson with Goodyear said the death was an accident.

Here's the statement from Goodyear:

We are deeply saddened to report that at approximately 9:30 pm Monday night, a fatality occurred in the Goodyear-Danville facility. Goodyear's on-site emergency response team, as well as local emergency personnel responded immediately, and all parties are cooperating in the investigation into the root cause of the incident. Goodyear has reported the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and will fully cooperate with the organization.Our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the employee during this very difficult time.