Whitewater fined in worker's death

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Whitewater Engineering Corp. has been fined $150,000 by a state court judge and ordered to pay approximately $17,000 in costs to the family of a heavy equipment operator.

Whitewater was convicted earlier this year of being criminally negligent in the death of Gary Stone at a work site near Cordova.

Stone, 46, the father of five, was working in a steep valley, excavating a stream bed for bridge footing, when he was buried by snow.

Workers and an avalanche expert hired by the company had warned Whitewater owner Thom Fisher of the danger, according to an Alaska Occupational Safety and Health report.

Stone's family has a civil wrongful death lawsuit pending.



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