Washington Port to Pay $16M to Injured Worker

The Port of Bellingham in Washington has been ordered to pay $16 million to an Alaska ferries employee who was injured while operating a faulty loading ramp at the port’s cruise terminal.

The Seattle Times reported that a federal jury issued its decision last week in the case brought by Shannon Adamson, who suffered life-threatening injuries in the 2012 incident. The jury found the port was negligent for failing to fix a control panel that operated the passenger-loading ramp.

Adamson sued the port in 2014 after the ramp she had been adjusting fell nearly 20 feet. The suit alleges the port knew the ramp had a defective control panel following a similar incident in 2008.

workers_compThe port’s lawyers had argued that Adamson knew she was insufficiently trained to operate the passenger ramp.