Goodyear responds to Reveal report

(Akron, Ohio) — A spokeswoman for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has acknowledged an “unacceptable” safety record after a string of deadly accidents in its plants, but said the tire maker is committed to “worker safety and product quality.”

Barbara Hatala, Goodyear’s communications manager for the Americas Operations, said in a written statement: “Over the past two years, we fell short of our own expectations for safety, and we mourn the loss of valued coworkers at two of our U.S. manufacturing plants,” adding, “this is unacceptable.”

Goodyear’s statement follows a months-long investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, which found that the company ranked among the top five manufacturers for worker deaths since 2009. Since August 2015, five Goodyear workers have been killed – four at its Danville, Virginia plant in one year alone.