Winches Perspectives

Apr 19, 2017

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Two construction workers were injured after a crane touched a power line in West Seattle. (Seattle Fire Department) Marpac Construction, which was fined $133,500, is appealing its citation for six workplace-safety violations, three of which were deemed willful. The Kirkland-based Spartan Concrete, which was ordered to pay $90,000 in fines, is also appealing five violations, including two that were willful, says an L&I news release issued Monday. A willful violation is one where L&I finds evidence of plain indifference or an intentional disregard to a hazard or rule. A serious violation is one where there is a substantial probability that worker death or serious physical harm could result from a hazardous condition. Two workers suffered severe burns and seven more were endangered on Sept. 12 at the construction site at 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Oregon Street in West Seattle, according to news reports and the L&I release. Most Read Stories 3-course dinners for $32 starting April 2. A second contractor, Shaffer Crane & Equipment Inc., was cited for three serious violations and one general violation and fined $5,700, the release says. The company has until Friday to file an appeal. L&I investigators at the site found that a mobile crane and a forklift with a crane-boom attachment had been operating under live high-voltage power lines.

Blood on the ice: hunters in Canada drag dead seals back to their ship. Youve got to have young people in mint condition to do that. This part of the process is gruesome enough. In Ottersen and Mortensens film, the camera lingers on blood frozen to icicles on the ships gunwales. But then it really gets dark. The seals are flensed, the skins washed in the sea and then laid flat in the hold and covered with ice. The blubber and meat is packed. Amidst the killing, the Havsel faces down the weather. At one griphoists stage, they make a run for Iceland in a force 9 gale. The crew are thrown across their cabins, walls of water beyond the windows. It was like there was no gravity, says Mortensen, whose open face belies a very northern, slightly terrifying outlook. The floor was the wall, and you were thrown out of bed, and you lost all sense of control and you just had to go with it. All through their bruises and vomiting, the crew has to check the boat for damage. When the boat is spinning round and you have to go down to where you have flattened all the skins, its a horrible smell and the skins just slide from side to side, says Ottersen.

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