The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined an Everett, Wash., company $199,000 for 16 safety violations related to the death of a worker last July. Nineteen-year-old Bradley Hogue was killed by a rotating auger while working inside the hopper of a bark-blower truck at a Duvall home. Pacific Topsoils was identified as a severe violator and will be subject to follow-up inspections.
The state investigation found that workers were regularly assigned to clear jams in the bark-blower truck hoppers while the machines were operating. Following the July incident, state officials sent out an alert to warn others in the landscaping business of the danger of working in hoppers while the equipment is running.
Source: Insurance Journal
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