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Contractor Fined For Lineman’s Death

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.

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