Goodyear to pay $1.75M after 4 deaths at Virginia factory

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Officials in Virginia say Goodyear will pay $1.75 million to settle workplace health and safety violations found in inspections after four deaths at its Danville tire plant.

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The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry announced the penalties Friday. The department says it has agreed to a settlement with Goodyear and the United Steelworkers, which represents plant employees.

Four workers died on the job over the course of a year at the plant, which manufactures aviation and specialty tires. State inspectors found more than 100 violations.

The labor department says the Akron, Ohio-based company will pay $1 million to the state. The other $750,000 will be used for safety improvements.

The plant is the city's largest employer with around 2,200 workers.