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Cause of death released in Danville Goodyear employee death

The Goodyear plant in Danville, photo courtesy: WDBJ
The Goodyear plant in Danville, photo courtesy: WDBJ(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 12, 2016 at 11:01 AM EDT
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UPDATE (August 18):

A cause of death has been determined for the Goodyear employee who died last week at the Danville plant.

Billy Scheier died on August 12 from blunt injuries to the chest and medical asphyxia, according to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.

Scheier was from Halifax County. He was in his late 40s.

He is the fourth person to die within a year at the plant, which is Danville’s largest employer.

Greg Cooper died on April 12.

Kevin Edmonds, of Penhook, died during his work shift on March 31.

In August 2015, Jeanie Lynne Strader, of Chatham, died in an accident at the plant.

More details can be found below in previous updates.

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UPDATE (August 15):

The employee who died Friday morning has been identified as William "Billy" Scheier of Halifax. He was in his late 40s.

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry spokesman Ron Graham says the incident has been classified as an industrial accident. He says the department has six months to investigate the incident and issue citations if there are violations.

The incident Friday marked the fourth worker death in one year at the Danville Goodyear plant.

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Goodyear has confirmed to our sister station, WDBJ7, that an employee has died in an industrial accident at the plant Friday morning.

Danville police responded to the plant Friday morning.

However, this is not the first time this year that police have responded to a situation like this at Danville's Goodyear facility. Rather, this is the fourth death at the facility within a year.

Greg Cooper died on April 12.

Kevin Edmonds, of Penhook, died during his work shift on March 31.

In August 2015, Jeanie Lynne Strader, of Chatham, died in an accident at the plant.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the plant after those three accidents.

Here is the official statement from Goodyear:

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We regret to report that early this morning, a death occurred in the Goodyear-Danville manufacturing 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.

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To read the original story from WDBJ7 for more information, you can click the link in the 'Related Links' section of this article.