Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $92K After Safety Inspection

November 13, 2020

A Washington construction company with a reported history of safety problems in Kitsap, Pierce and Grays Harbor was fined more than $92,000 for allegedly serious safety violations, including failing to enforce the use of fall protection while roofing a home under construction in Hoquiam.

The Department of Labor & Industries opened its latest inspection of Cloise & Mike Construction Inc. after receiving an anonymous report in May that included photographs showing four employees engaged in roofing work on a steep pitch roof with no fall protection installed.

Inspectors reportedly found that, in addition to employees working at height without proper fall protection, employees were not wearing masks or social distancing, which is a violation of COVID-19 workplace safety rules.

Since 2001, Cloise & Mike Construction has reportedly been cited for more than two dozen serious and repeat safety violations after being inspected 26 times. Seven of those inspections occurred in the last three years, resulting in more than $200,000 in fines.

The violations occurred on the construction of new homes in various cities including Bremerton, Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, Tacoma, Lakewood and Hoquiam.

In addition to the violations mentioned above, the May inspection resulted in another eight violations:

Cloise & Mike Construction is appealing this inspection and two others. Employers have 15 business days from the time they receive the citation from L&I to appeal.

Penalty money paid as a result of a citation is placed in the workers’ compensation supplemental pension fund, helping injured workers and families of those who have died on the job.

Topics Washington Construction

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