Pacific Topsoils

Bradley Hogue died on the second day of his job after suffering blunt force injuries when he fell into an auger that was being used to distribute bark. The company had no prior violations that could be shown because there had been no safety complaints since 2008 and no state inspections for 6 years prior to the incident.
Incident Type: Caught in Machine
County: King County
State: WA
Date: July 7, 2014
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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Bradley Hogue 19 Unavailable Pacific Topsoils Fatality
Name Type Title Plea Info. Conviction Sentence
Pacific Topsoils Entity Entity Pleaded guilty to labor code violation causing death to an employee As part of a settlement, the company agreed to pay $100,000 for labor violations, keep a safety consultant on staff for two years, and submit mandatory reports every six months to the Department of Labor and Industries.
Crimes Charged: Penal Crimes: None
Other Crimes: Violation of Labor Safety Regulation with Death Resulting (RCW 49.17.190)