The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has slammed Gebbers Farm Operations with a fine of more than $2 million over the deaths of two contingent workers from Covid-19, The Seattle Times reported.
The fine, the second-largest ever levied by the agency, is for health and safety violations found during an investigation into the deaths of the temporary farm workers, one from Mexico and the other from Jamaica.
The fines largely stem from 24 repeated and willful violations of state rules established earlier this year to help protect agricultural workers from the spread of Covid-19, according to L&I. Those rules limited the size of the groups that could sleep and eat together and how many could be seated in buses that took people to the orchards or other workplaces.
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