WA Transportation Dept. fined over worker death



SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Department of Transportation has been fined $22,000 over the death of a highway worker killed by a falling tree.

The Seattle Times reports the Department of Labor and Industries issued the fine for four serious safety violations in the death of 66-year-old Bill Rhynalds of North Bend.

He died in January after a falling cottonwood tree struck him and his car on Highway 203 near Carnation.

Rhynalds was in the area responding to a report of another down tree that had fallen on a power line. While setting up cones to divert traffic, he was hit by the second tree.

The Department of Transportation has 15 days to decide whether to appeal the fine.


Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com