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Case Name: Alki Construction LLC
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 Name: Harold Felton
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.
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: TBD: Mr. Numrich’s arraignment hearing is pending as of Jan. 9, 2018.
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.