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Bonney Lake company fined by state for asbestos violations

The state Department of Labor and Industries has cited two employers for violations that exposed workers to asbestos during the demolition of a Seattle apartment building.

An agency investigation into the Seattle project found a total of 19 willful and serious safety and health violations. As a result, together the businesses have been fined a total of $379,100, according to a release Friday.

Partners Construction Inc., of Federal Way, was cited for a total of 14 willful and serious violations and fined $291,950. Asbestos Construction Management Inc., of Bonney Lake, was fined $87,150 for five willful and serious violations.

The violations were for asbestos exposure to workers, asbestos debris left on site and other violations that occurred during demolition of an apartment building in the Fremont neighborhood, the agency said. The three-story, five-unit apartment building was originally constructed with “popcorn” ceilings, a white substance containing asbestos fibers, as well as asbestos sheet vinyl flooring.

In May, Partners was decertified and went out of business. A new company, Asbestos Construction Management Inc., owned by a family member of the Partners owner, took over the job using essentially the same workers and certified asbestos supervisor as Partners, and sharing the same equipment.

A subsequent inspection of ACM found many of the same violations as in the Partners’ inspection. L&I has initiated decertification action against ACM. The employers have 15 business days to appeal the citation.

“It’s under appeal,” said ACM owner Donny Murray by phone on Friday afternoon.

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