Safety health at issue at woolen mill in Washougal

first_imgOne of Oregon’s largest and oldest family-owned businesses, known for its Pacific Northwest-inspired wool apparel and Native American blanket designs.? Headquarters: Portland.? Executives: Bill Lawrence, CEO; Broughton (Brot) Bishop, vice chairman; C. M. (Mort) Bishop III, president; Dennis Simmonds, CFO; John Bishop, vice president and chairman of the board; Charles Bishop, vice president; and Peter Bishop, vice president.? Total employees: 830.? Pendleton Washougal mill: The company’s largest wool-weaving mill.? Where: 2 Pendleton Way, Washougal.? Division manager: Charles Bishop.? Employees: 190.The Washington Department of Labor & Industries has fined Pendleton Woolen Mills $93,300 for 36 “serious” violations of workplace safety and health rules at its textile mill in Washougal. It also tagged the company for five smaller violations that carried no penalties.State officials said Tuesday that their designation of “serious” indicates situations in which a person could be seriously injured or killed. While penalties and fine amounts depend on various factors, said L&I spokeswoman Elaine Fischer, “the thing that really stands out here is the number of serious violations.”In a written statement issued to The Columbian, Charlie Bishop, manager of the Washougal textile mill, said the company “works hard to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all of its employees.” He said he hasn’t seen the official report from L&I, dated June 19 and addressed to Pendleton’s post office box in Portland, where the company is headquartered.Said Bishop: “When we do get the opportunity to review it, we will work with (L&I) to better understand the issues and immediately move forward to correct them.”last_img read more