Seattle Bulk Shipping faces nearly $450,000 in fines from the Department of Labor and Industries, which says the Harbor Island marine terminal operator failed to correct serious worker health hazards violations after previous citations.
Seattle Bulk Shipping faces nearly $450,000 in fines from the Department of Labor and Industries, which says the Harbor Island marine-terminal operator failed to correct serious worker health-hazards violations after previous citations.
The agency said it’s one of its largest fines in recent years.
Seattle Bulk Shipping specializes in loading and unloading rail cars carrying grain and ethanol.
The state cited the company for failing to develop a program to protect workers around or inside grain pits or other confined spaces, and failing to have an approved emergency eyewash station for workers who transfer ethanol from rail cars and tanker trucks.
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Seattle Bulk Shipping was cited for those same offenses last year, leading to a big increase in the follow-up fines.
The company also received fresh citations for serious violations related to emergency procedures for potential ethanol release and confined-space rescue.
Eric Rangeloff, the president of Seattle Bulk Shipping, called the violations “fantasy items” and said the company will appeal.
He added that they came as a surprise after he received permission to reopen his site after an inspection.
“I don’t know where they are getting off with this stuff,” Rangeloff said.
The state began investigating the company after a worker was hospitalized with injuries after falling into an underground grain-storage pit in December 2014.
L&I ultimately cited the company for more than 50 workplace safety and health violations totaling $424,850 in fines. Those earlier violations are under appeal.