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Labor & Industries cites three employers for multiple violations connected with fatal Seattle crane collapse

October 17, 2019

Tumwater –  The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) announced today that it has cited and fined three companies more than $100,000 for safety violations in connection with the fatal collapse of a tower crane that was being dismantled in Seattle on April 27.

L&I's nearly six-month investigation determined that the crane collapse was caused by the companies not following the manufacturer's procedures for dismantling the structure, including prematurely removing nearly all of the pins and sleeves that helped hold the crane together. 

The Evergreen State College fined for multiple asbestos violations

September 27, 2019

Tumwater – The Evergreen State College is facing more than $135,000 in fines for multiple violations related to asbestos and other safety issues around its Olympia campus.

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited the college for 29 serious violations; the fines for each range from $600 to $5,400. There were also two general violations with no fines. L&I opened the inspection on March 20, 2019, after receiving a complaint.