Alki Construction owner Phillip Numrich is being charged criminal negligence in the January 2016 death of one of his employees who died while working in a trench. This comes on top of the $50,000 in fines the company was charged for safety violations related to the incident.
“There are times when a monetary penalty isn’t enough,” Washington L&I Director Joel Sacks said in a Jan. 8 press release. “This company knew what the safety risks and requirements were and ignored them. The felony charges show that employers can be held criminally accountable when the tragedy of a preventable workplace death or injury occurs.”