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TUMWATER — An Everett company fined $199,000 for 16 safety violations related to the death of a worker last July says it will appeal.

In a statement, Pacific Topsoils says the number and severity of the proposed violations are inconsistent with the facts and the law. The company adds that it has embraced changes recommended by the Department of Labor & Industries.

Bradley Hogue, 19, was killed by a rotating auger while working inside the hopper of a bark-blower truck at a Duvall home. Afterward the state sent out an alert to warn of the danger of working in hoppers while the equipment is running.