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Washington Safety Agency Issues $2 Million Fine in Virus Deaths

Dec. 21, 2020, 10:06 PM

A Washington apple and cherry grower has been fined more than $2 million by the state’s Department of Labor & Industries for coronavirus-related violations tied to the deaths of two workers in July.

The citations against the Brewster-based Gebbers Farm Operations LP announced Monday amount to the second-largest penalty ever imposed upon a company by the state.

Gebbers Farm was issued 24 egregious willful violations—12 for unsafe sleeping arrangements and 12 for unsafe worker transportation—with penalties of $84,000 per violation. The farm was also cited for four other serious violations including failing to report a worker fatality. An egregious willful ...

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