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Joint Statement from WSDOT and Flatiron Construction

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 14:43

Ian Sterling - WSDOT Communications - 206-819-7230

 Our thoughts are with the individuals who were injured in the SR 520 incident that occurred last night. We collectively thank the Metro bus driver for his quick actions in the situation and the first responders on the scene.

Safety is WSDOT’s number one priority – for the travelling public, our employees, and our contractor’s employees. We expect all WSDOT contractors to follow all safety rules and regulations to the highest standard. Flatiron Construction, the contractor on the SR 520 West Approach Bridge Project, is equally committed to achieving and maintaining safety on the SR 520 corridor. Last night’s incident was during a routine operation that has been performed safely and successfully many times by the contractor working on the SR 520 West Approach Bridge North Project since October 2014.

Flatiron has suspended all construction work related to this incident while an investigation is underway and procedures are reviewed so that the public and all construction workers are safe at the job site. Flatiron is working closely with the Department of Labor and Industries to understand the result of the ongoing investigation and the cause of the incident. Based on the outcome of the investigation, Flatiron will take all appropriate actions to ensure safety on the project site and for the travelling public.

Later today Secretary Peterson will be announcing specific actions regarding safety.

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