Goodyear employee killed in incident at Topeka tire plant

A Goodyear associate passed away at the Topeka tire plant on Saturday morning, according to officials.
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 3:00 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A 59-year-old male employee was killed at the Topeka tire plant on Saturday morning, according to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

A news release from Sheriff Brian Hill says that deputies were dispatched shortly after 8 a.m. to a medical call at the Goodyear Plant in the 1900 block of NW US 24 Highway. Deputies arrived to find that the man sustained life-threatening injuries while on the job. The Soldier Township Fire Department and American Medical Response also responded. The victim was taken by AMR to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The sheriff’s office says the incident remains under investigation.

In a statement released to 13NEWS on Saturday afternoon, Barbara Hatala, a spokesperson for Goodyear, said, “We deeply regret that an associate passed away this morning at the Goodyear-Topeka plant. Our thoughts are with our co-worker and his family and colleagues. At Goodyear, the safety of our associates is always our first priority. We are conducting an internal investigation and will fully cooperate with outside authorities. We are unable to share further information for privacy reasons.”

Employers are required to report worker fatalities to OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] within eight hours. The agency investigates all work-related fatalities in covered workplaces. OSHA then has up to six months to complete an investigation and determine whether citations will be issued.