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Fatal Fall Fine

Posted on 30th November 2016 at 08:34

A fine of nearly $125,000 is being levied against SSA Pacific, saying that some simple safety measures could have helped to prevent a fatal fall at the Port of Longview. In June of this year, 48 year-old Jim Meadows died after a fall while loading logs onto the “Forest Trader.” The Occupational Health and Safety Administration announced a fine of $124,709 against Seattle-based SSA Pacific, citing three “Willful” violations aboard the ship on June 21st and 22nd of this year, violations that exposed workers to fall hazards. Galen Blanton with OSHA says that “Meadows’ death was preventable, if only a few commonsense measures had been taken.” It’s also noted that SSA Pacific had been cited for similar violations in Oregon and in Florida over the past three years. In its response to the citation and notification of penalty, SSA Pacific cites a rule regarding the use of “spotters,” rather than physical barriers in certain situations. SSA Pacific has until January 18th to abate the violation.