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Contractors Cited After Death of Family

Several contractors are hit with citations and fines after a tragic accident in a work zone.

Thu October 22, 2015 - National Edition
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The Department of Labor and Industry has cited and fined contractors for workplace safety hazards related to a Bonney Lake construction accident that killed a family.
The Department of Labor and Industry has cited and fined contractors for workplace safety hazards related to a Bonney Lake construction accident that killed a family.

TUMWATER, Wash. (AP) - The Department of Labor and Industry has cited and fined contractors for workplace safety hazards related to a Bonney Lake construction accident that killed a family.

The state agency said Monday that all the contractors had workers on site April 13 when Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their 8-month-old son Hudson drove under a Highway 410 overpass. A concrete slab from a structure under demolition fell and crushed their pickup truck, killing all of them.

Labor and Industry assistant director Anne Soiza says a demolition plan was not provided for the project.

The agency fined Staton Companies of Eugene, Oregon, $58,800 for exposing workers to danger.

Hamilton Construction of Springfield, Oregon, was fined $14,700. WHH Nisqually Federal Services of Tacoma was fined $8,400 and Highmark Concrete Contractors of Buckley was fined $4,900.