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Whatcom Co. moving company fined $37,000 after hundreds of violations found

FILE - MGN

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State regulators have ordered a Whatcom County moving company to pay a $37,000 penalty for more than 400 violations of federal and state transportation safety regulations.

The state Utilities and Transportation Commission fined Bellingham-based Iron Man Movers and Storage Inc. for violating critical safety requirements, including failure to maintain cargo insurance, failure to complete required criminal background checks on its employees and using drivers that had not been medically certified.

The violations were found after a UTC investigator conducted a routine safety investigation in September. The inspector found 432 violations of state and federal safety regulations.

The UTC said in a prepared statement that drivers who are not medically certified put the traveling public at risk, as undocumented medical conditions could present serious safety concerns.

Household goods moving companies that fail to carry required levels of cargo insurance and employ workers without conducting required criminal background checks also place their customers’ safety and belongings at risk, the UTC statement said.

The UTC is the state’s watchdog agency in charge of enforcing consumer protection and safety regulations for more than 200 residential moving companies operating within the state.

Movers are required to charge appropriate rates, carry proper insurance and keep their vehicles safely maintained. The commission does not regulate interstate moving companies.

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