Washington Labor & Industry reduces Goodwill’s fine for worker’s death

The Washington Labor & Industry has reduced the fine that the Tacoma Goodwill Industries has to pay after a developmentally disabled worker was killed in an accident while working for Goodwill about one year ago reports The Tacoma News Tribune.

Nick Miller was killed April 15, 2008 when he was crushed by a hydraulic tipper on Goodwill’s loading dock. The L&I investigation found that managers at Goodwill were confused about Miller’s duties. Some managers report that Miller was not authorized to use the tipper while records show he had been trained to do so.

L & I initially fined the Goodwill $50,000 for violations of its accident prevention program. Goodwill appealed this fine and it was reduced to $13,300 for three violations. Goodwill also put in place some safety measures including installing lock-out devices on tipper machines.

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