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Schwartz v. Olympic Window Cleaning – $1,000,000 Settlement for Wrongful Death

About the case

Brian Schwartz of Tukwila, who was working as a window washer for Olympic Window Cleaning, died Aug. 21 after he fell four stories from the roof of the Northgate Medical Building. Another worker also was injured in the accident. Labor and Industries (L&I) determined Olympic Window Cleaning violated eight safety regulations, including two willful violations, meaning the employer knowingly violated the rules or was indifferent to the violation.

Schwartz, who would have been a sophomore at Foster High School in Tukwila, and coworker Douglas Copeland, 36, were apparently tethered to a scaffolding, with Schwartz on the roof and Copeland on the scaffolding, when the equipment gave way.

Schwartz fell to his death, and Copeland suffered serious leg and hip injuries.

“The employer knew there were problems and did nothing to correct them,” Valandra said. “Had those problems not existed, perhaps the teenager would still be alive today.”

Schwartz had only been on the job for two weeks when the accident occurred.

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