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Danville Goodyear plant to reopen Friday after third death in eight months

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - An 18-year associate is dead after an incident at the Danville Goodyear plant on Tuesday morning.

Greg Cooper, an associate at Goodyear, died during his work shift in the Goodyear-Danville plant.

This is the second fatality in less than a month and third in the past eight months.

Goodyear is Danville's largest private employer.

On March 31, 2016, 54-year-old Kevin Edmonds died in an industrial accident at the plant. On August 31, 2015, 55-year-old Jeanie Lynn Strader, was killed while working at the plant.

Goodyear-Danville Manufacturing Direc released this statement on Tuesday afternoon:

It grieves us to report that Greg Cooper, an 18-year associate at Goodyear, died this morning during his work shift in the Goodyear-Danville plant.

Our immediate priority is to provide support and assistance to Greg's family, as well as the entire team of associates in the Danville plant as we cope with the loss of a teammate. We have temporarily closed the plant to allow us to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the local authorities to fully investigate the incident and to give our associates some time to grieve.

Our hearts go out to Greg's family, friends and co-workers.

The plant will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday.

Goodyear released this statement Tuesday morning:

It grieves us to report that on Tuesday morning, a death 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.

Goodyear is taking this matter very seriously and will be temporarily closing the Danville plant to complete a full evaluation of the facility and thoroughly investigate the incident.

Our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the employee during this very difficult time.