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Alki Construction LLC


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.


Melinda Young, Deputy Prosecutor; Patrick Hinds, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Economic Crimes Unit

Incident Type

Trench Collapse


King County




January 26, 2016

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First Last Age Title Employer Injury Type
Harold Felton 36 Pipe Layer Alki Construction Fatality


Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Phillip Numrich Individual Owner Pleaded guilty to attempted reckless endangerment. Numrich was sentenced to 45 days in jail follow by 18 months probation. He also was ordered to pay a $25,000 penalty.
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)