Alaska Airlines, subcontractors cited for workplace violations

Alaska Airlines, subcontractors cited for workplace violations

Alaska Airlines, subcontractors cited for workplace violations

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by ANGELA KING / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Alaska Airlines and two subcontractors at Sea-Tac Airport are facing new citations from the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries.

A group of 50 cabin cleaners, wheel chair attendants and jet fuelers said they were not given the proper training or safety equipment to do their jobs. Some claimed they were exposed to human waste, blood borne pathogens and toxic chemicals.

The L&I started the investigation after workers made initial complaints last fall. Since then, the agency has issued 21 health and safety violations against AGIS, DGS and Alaska Airlines.

Most of the violations and the bulk of the $68,000 in fines went against the subcontractors who work for other airlines as well.

In response to the citations, Alaska issued this statement:

"We immediately responded to this state inquiry and have revised our policies accordingly. Each of the subcontractors cited responded promptly and have already addressed the majority of concerns raised by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries.”

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