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WA L&I fines Sumas company claiming safety violations found after worker’s death

Photo of unidentified equipment that accompanied WA Labor & Industries press release (February 16, 2022).

SUMAS, Wash. — Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) issued a press release today announcing IKO Pacific, a roofing product manufacturer in Sumas, is being fined $98,000 following an investigation into the death of a worker in July of 2021.

The business has appealed the citation and fines according to L&I.

The L&I press release claims the company “failed to control the power supply to dangerous equipment and failed to properly supervise work in confined spaces” at the time of the worker’s death.

The company was cited for 17 serious violations and one general violation following L&I’s investigation according to the release.

According to reports at the time, the worker was inside a tank cleaning it when struck by an agitator arm.

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