Vancouver-Based Colf Construction Fined $126k for Safety Violations

Vancouver-Based Colf Construction Fined $126k for Safety Violations

Anthony Macuk | The Columbian

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has fined Vancouver-based Colf Construction $126,400 for violations the agency said could have led to potentially deadly trench cave-ins at the 10th Avenue Bridge project near Salmon Creek.

L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health opened an investigation in March after receiving a referral, said spokesman Frank Ameduri, who did not identify the source of the referral.

“Basically it was a call that came in and somebody said, ‘Hey, I think they’re doing stuff that doesn’t look safe,’ ” Ameduri said.

The division conducted eight site visits at the 10th Avenue Bridge project between March and the end of August. It found violations on five of the visits. Colf, which has been involved in several high-profile projects in Clark County, is a bridge subcontractor.

On Sept. 11, the agency issued citations to Colf for three “willful serious” violations totaling $112,000 in penalties, and three “serious” violations totaling $14,400…(Read the full story)

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