Spanaway cabinet manufacturer fined for workplace hazards

Spanaway cabinet manufacturer fined for workplace hazards

A Spanaway cabinet maker has been fined $107,000 by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for exposing workers to fire hazards from flammable liquids, chemical exposure and other workplace health risks at its cabinet manufacturing shop.

The department said it cited Viking Cabinets Inc. for 29 serious health violations, with penalties ranging from $4,200 to $1,600 each. Eight of the serious violations were related to unsafe use and storage of flammable liquids, vapors and spray, while thirteen were for confined space hazards.

Other violations cited were related to exposure to corrosive or toxic chemicals, such as not ensuring that all emergency eye-washing stations were functional and accessible in the event of a chemical splash to the eyes and failure to address chemical hazards and train employees who work with toxic or corrosive chemicals
In addition to the serious violations, the company was also cited for five general violations that did not carry a fine.

The department said that since the inspection Viking has taken steps to remedy many of the workplace health violations that were cited