Sea-Tac contractors, Alaska Air fined for workplace safety violations

SEATTLE -- Alaska Airlines is responding to a state investigation into workplace safety violations at Sea-Tac Airport.

The violations concern the workers who clean up what you leave behind on a plane. The state cited Sea-Tac contractors and Alaska Airlines for 21 different health and safety violations.

The report said workers weren't protected from exposure to bodily fluids, or didn't have gloves for use with cabin cleaners.

Alaska had one $2,400 violation, while three airport contractors were responsible for the others...with fines totaling $68,000.

Thea Levkovitz with Working Washington says Alaska should make some changes.

"A lot of the policies that are set out by Alaska for its contractors then bleed out, essentially, into other contractors as well," Levkovitz said.

Alaska says it has already made those changes. A statement from the airline says it responded immediately to the state inquiry and revised its policies.

"Each of the subcontractors cited responded promptly and have already addressed the majority of concerns raised by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries," said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan. "We put the safety of our passengers, our employees and our aircraft above all else. "