Report details dangers at Pendleton

first_img 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.last_img

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