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
County: King County
Date: Jan. 26, 2016
Folder for Alki Construction LLC materials
OSHA inspection detail
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Media Clips & Gov't. Press
Contact for Additional Information:
Jay Herzmark, SafeWork Washington, firstname.lastname@example.org
||This case is currently active. The defense has filed a motion to dismiss the felony manslaughter charge. The matter is pending before the court.
Penal Crimes: Manslaughter in the Second Degree (RCW 9A.32.070)
Other Crimes: Violation of Labor Safety Regulation with Death Resulting (RCW 49.17.190)