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Alki Construction Owner Charged With Manslaughter in Trench Death

Jan. 9, 2018, 7:26 PM

Washington prosecutors have filed manslaughter charges against the owner of a construction company after an employee was killed while working in a trench at a job site.

The charges mark the first time an employer in the state has faced felony charges for a workplace fatality, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

Phillip Numrich, owner of Alki Construction, was charged Jan. 5 with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Alki employee Harold Felton. The prosecution alleged that Numrich’s “criminal negligence” caused Felton’s death, according to Mindy Young