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March 23, 1999

Two contractors fined for willfully violating worker-safety rules

TUMWATER - The Department of Labor & Industries has cited and fined a Whidbey Island and a Maple Valley contractor a total of $54,600 for willfully violating worker safety rules at construction sites in King County.

The violations were discovered during unrelated inspections at construction sites in Kenmore and Bothell. The willful violations indicate that the employer knowingly or intentionally violated worker-protection rules, or exhibited plain indifference that a violation was occurring and failed to take corrective action.

DNM Construction Co., Inc., of Greenbank (Whidbey Island), was penalized a total of $30,600 for violations of fall-protection regulations at a building under construction in Bothell last fall. Specifically, the employer was cited for:

    • Willfully failing to ensure that workers exposed to a fall hazard of more than 10 feet were protected by a fall-restraint or fall-arrest system. The employer failed to have a written fall protection plan in place for the job site. ($27,000 penalty)
    • Failing to ensure that work areas and walkways were kept clean and free of debris. ($1,200)
    • Failing to ensure that a worker riding on a lift truck had a safe place to ride while exposed to an 18-foot fall. ($1,200)
  • Failing to ensure that entry and exit stairs had railings as required. ($1,200)

The employer also was cited for failing to ensure that an initial and weekly walk-around safety inspections were conducted, and that someone trained in first-aid was present on site. There were no penalties assessed for the latter two violations.

Tydico, Inc., of Maple Valley, was penalized a total of $24,000 for willfully exposing workers to a cave-in hazard at a trenching job in Kenmore last fall. Specifically, the employer was cited for:

  • Willfully failing to prevent two workers from entering an 8-foot trench where a cave-in hazard existed. The employer also failed to provide cave-in protection while the two workers were inside the trench. ($15,000)
  • Willfully failing to provide workers with a safe means of entry and exit to an 8-foot trench. ($9,000)

Tydico has appealed the citations, and the department has forwarded the case to the state Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals for review. DNM's appeal period runs until March 29, 1999.


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