A Spokane electrical contractor was fined more than $128,000 by the state Tuesday in connection with the death of a lineman last September near Darrington.
Jerry Cade, 52, of Enumclaw, fell to his death on Sept. 16 while cutting off the top of a utility pole.
Aztech Electric Inc. of Spokane was subcontracting the work from the Snohomish County Public Utility District.
The company was fined $70,000 by the state Department of Labor and Industries for exposing workers to energized transmission lines. A $45,000 fine was added for failing to ensure that workers use fall protection equipment. An additional $13,500 was added for lesser infractions.
The company has 15 days to appeal.