- Editor’s note: This story filed by Eric Rosane, Nisqually Valley News:
Companies Face Lawsuit From Family After Man’s Death at Skookumchuck Wind Project
Lawsuit Filed in May Amended as Three Companies Now Face More Than $500,000 in Fines for Workplace Violations
“A lawsuit filed by the estate of Jonathan F. Stringer, the Chehalis man who died earlier this year when a trench collapsed as he worked on the Skookumchuck Wind Project, has been amended to include a company fined in a recent investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, a lawyer representing the family said.
“Stringer’s estate originally filed a lawsuit back in May against Renewable Energy Systems-America (RES-America), RES-America Construction and Weyerhaeuser Company for the alleged negligence that led to the death of Stringer, 24, as well as requesting unspecified special damages.
“Last week — shortly after the department of Labor and Industries announced that its investigation identified safety and training violations in the project and ultimately fined three companies more than $500,000 — Stinger’s estate added RES-System 3 to the suit, which was cited the largest fine for its eight violations totaling $360,874.” Read more