OSHA fines Port of Portland terminal operator

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

PORTLAND -- The company that operates the Port of Portland's container terminal has been fined nearly $20,000 following a safety inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Documents show the federal agency levied the penalties last week after inspecting the North Portland site in February.

The inspector found that ICTSI Oregon violated more than a dozen worker safety codes, such as not informing employees about potential exposure to airborne lead and having workers operate machinery that lacked proper guarding against flying objects.

ICTSI Oregon can contest the findings and proposed penalty.

A port spokesman says the safety issues have been addressed.

ICTSI signed a 25-year lease in 2010 to operate the struggling terminal. Its tenure has been marked by a strained relationship with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

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