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State Fines Boeing After Worker Loses Legs

SEATTLE (AP) — The department of Labor & Industries has fined the Boeing Company $3,600 for a February accident where a worker lost his legs after he was trapped underneath the tires of a 787 jetliner.

The February incident happened when a Japan Airlines plane was being towed at Paine Field.

The department says that a supervisor of the team towing the jet deviated from written aircraft towing procedures and removed workers that monitor the safety of the crew handling the chocks — wedges for the airplane wheels. The department also found that there wasn’t sufficient lighting when the incident occurred.

Boeing spokeswoman Kate Bergman says the company cooperated with the state and conducted an extensive internal investigation that resulted in changes to aircraft-towing procedures.

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