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March 15, 2000

Port Angeles doctor fined for explosives violations

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor and Industries has fined a Port Angeles doctor $58,800 for willfully violating safety rules related to the handling, transporting and use of explosives.

Dr. David A. Bihler of Port Angeles, was cited for three violations, including two categorized as willful in connection with a Sept. 1, 1999, blast that slightly injured him and a companion and rattled the community.

Willful violations indicate that the Bihler knowingly or intentionally violated the safety rules, or exhibited plain indifference that a violation was occurring and failed to take corrective action. Specifically, he:

  • Willfully stored, handled or transported explosives or blasting agents in a manner that constituted an undue hazard to life. ($28,000 penalty)
  • Willfully failed to obtain a manufacturer's license for the manufacturing of explosives or blasting agents, or the use of any process involving explosives as a component in the manufacturing of any device, article or product. ($28,000)
  • Failed to have a valid user's (blaster's) license while using, blasting or disposing of explosives and/or blasting agents. ($2,800)

Bihler has 15 working days from receipt of the violation report to appeal.


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