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Case Name: Alki Construction LLC

State: WA
County: King County
Prosecutors: Melinda Young, Deputy Prosecutor; Patrick Hinds, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Economic Crimes Unit
Incident Date: 01/26/2016
Incident Type: Trench Collapse

Victim Information:

Victim Name: Harold Felton
Age: 36
Injury Type: Fatality
Job Title: Pipe Layer
Employer: Alki Construction
Description: Harold Felton was killed when the walls of a 7 feet deep by 2 feet wide trench he was working in collapsed and buried him. He was working for Alki Construction, owned by Phillip Numrich. Alki Construction had been hired to replace a sewer line. The trench had partial shoring, but the unshored portion of the trench collapsed. Following the incident, the Washington Department of Labor and Industries cited the company for a willful violation, as well as several serious and an other-than-serious violation.
OSHA Inspection Detail Link(s): OSHA Inspection Detail 1

Defendant Information:

Name: Phillip Numrich
Type: Individual
Title: Owner
Penal Crimes Charged: Manslaughter in the Second Degree (RCW 9A.32.070)
Other Crimes Charged: Violation of Labor Safety Regulation with Death Resulting (RCW 49.17.190)
Plea Info: TBD
Conviction/Sentence: This case is currently active. The defense has filed a motion to dismiss the felony manslaughter charge. The matter is pending before the court.
Additional Information: This is the first case in which a Washington employer has faced felony charges for a workplace fatality. The case is active and ongoing as of Jan. 9, 2018. Phillip Numrich now owns a new business, Alki Sewer, in West Seattle, Washington.

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Learn more about this company's practices on the Good Jobs First Violation Tracker database.
Advocacy Contacts: Jay Herzmark, SafeWork Washington, jherzmark@hotmail.com

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