The owner of a construction company can be charged with second-degree murder in connection with deaths at the workplace, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled.
As a result of the decision of 4 February in Washington v. Numrich Phillip Numrich, owner of the now closed Alki Construction Co., may be the victim of a crime against a 36-year-old employee who was buried under 6000 pounds of mud and sand after the dirt walls of a 7-foot-deep ditch he worked in collapsed, the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries said Tuesday as it released details of the Supreme Court ruling.
While it is rare for an employer to be charged with a crime in connection with the death of an employee, "there are times when a fine is not enough," said Joel Sacks, the department head, in a statement. of the ditch, rather than all four and that no ladder was used to help them leave the ditch. Investigators also claimed that Numrich said his employees were responsible for knowing the dangers of digging in rain-soaked, unstable ground and deciding which beach boards were needed, according to the department's statement. Catalog