Washington state fines paper mill for knowingly putting workers at risk of COVID-19

Labor and Industries levied a hefty fine to WestRock Services, formerly Longview Fibre, for putting “production before people” in a workplace COVID-19 outbreak.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has leveled a fine of nearly $140,000 against papermaking company WestRock Services in Longview, formerly known as Longview Fibre, after a worker died of COVID-19 and 14 others allegedly contracted the disease on the job.

State inspectors issued a citation to the papermill that included L&I’s most serious violation – “Willful Serious,” which means the company knowingly put their workers in harm’s way.

L&I officials said WestRock put profits

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