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Contract Worker Dies at Goodyear’s Topeka Plant

March 16, 2017
The fatality takes place just weeks after Goodyear's $1.75 million settlement with OSHA.

James Lay Jr., a 61-year-old contract worker, was fatally injured at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s Topeka, Kan. manufacturing facility on Tuesday, March 15.

Kansas Personnel Services Inc., the staffing agency that employed Lay, and Goodyear have not provided a full written statement, but OSHA investigators already were on the scene to determine what happened.

An object fell and struck Lay on the head, causing a fatal injury, Lay's wife told local news outlet KSNT. These are the only details currently available about the incident.

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 company agreed to pay $1.75 million in penalties and overhaul its health and safety program as a result of those worker deaths.

Lay is survived by his wife of more than 34 years, a daughter, his parents, a brother and a sister, according to his obituary. His name was released at the request of his family.

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