On July 10, Pendleton Woolen Mills filed an appeal of “all factual and legal aspects of all alleged violations” cited by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries. Those include 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules, which included fines of $93,300, and five smaller violations.In the appeal process, the violations may be upheld, changed or reversed in full or in part. The penalties may be reduced or eliminated. Or a settlement may be reached that involves certain terms. If Pendleton isn’t satisfied with the result, it may take the matter to the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, a separate agency from L&I. Either party could appeal from that board to Superior Court.However, L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer said a final outcome of Pendleton’s appeal is expected Thursday.— Aaron CorvinIn seeking comments from managers of Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, The Columbian was referred to the company’s public relations representative, Cheryl Engstrom, president of Bothell-based Engstrom Public Relations. At Engstrom’s request, the Columbian submitted its questions in writing.In an Aug. 30 emailed response to The Columbian, Engstrom said the company wasn’t able to “provide any specific answers” because it was in the middle of the appeal process with the Washington Department of Labor & Industries. She released this statement from the company:“Pendleton’s management and employees are committed to a safe and healthy work environment. The company has worked cooperatively with L&I for decades and welcomes their contributions and guidance. The L&I inspections are an opportunity for Pendleton to improve its safety programs. During this past inspection process, management dedicated hundreds of hours of time to work with the inspectors. Immediately following the release of the report, Pendleton addressed the issues raised in the report with most abated. The appeal filed is allowing for continued dialogue with L&I to work through any remaining issues and provide further clarification and information. During this process, the company is not in a position to provide any further comment.” The Washington Department of Labor & Industries cited Pendleton Woolen Mills’ textile plant in Washougal, shown, August 3, 2012, for 36 iseriousi safety and health rule violations, meaning situations where a worker could be seriously injured or killed.
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) can’t make the catch as Washington Redskins free safety Will Blackmon (41) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Collins also earned the honor of the most-improved hybrid defender, and Jefferson, who PFF graded as one of the best run-stopping safeties, came in as runner-up. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories 0 Comments Share For the Arizona Cardinals, players old and young took serious steps forward in 2016. Four of them earned mention on Pro Football Focus’ list of the 2016 season’s most-improved players.PFF said David Johnson’s pass-catching skills out of the backfield and Calais Campbell’s interior rushing skills were the most-improved, respectively. Additionally, outside linebacker Markus Golden (for second-year defensive player) and safety Tony Jefferson (hybrid safety) earned runner-up mention. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo First, to Johnson.Johnson led all backs in receptions (80), yards (879) and broken tackles (27) in one of the most-impressive receiving years from a running back PFF has ever graded. He nearly doubled his output from a season ago in each of those categories. Even with the volume he had, Johnson still somehow ended up fourth in yards per reception (11.0).And while an increase in volume helped Johnson make the leap after he displayed receiving skills as a rookie a year prior, Campbell’s step forward could have been induced by the added focus of opponents who had to deal with Arizona’s outside rushers like Chandler Jones and Golden.Campbell has been a top-level interior presence for a while, but he really stepped up his pass rush in 2016, recording three more sacks, five additional pressures and three extra batted passes on fewer pass-rushing snaps than a year ago.Golden, by the way, was PFF’s runner-up in the category of second-year defensive players. He recorded 12.5 sacks on the year from his outside linebacker position and came in second to Giants safety Landon Collins, who was among the NFL’s best disruptors.New York’s safety recorded five interceptions, 13 passes defensed and rolled up 125 tackles. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact