Electrical Companies Facing Large Fines for Unlicensed, Unpermitted Work

Source: Ivan Kmit - 123RF

Tumwater, WA – A Minnesota company and several of its subcontractors are facing fines of $273,000 from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for nearly 600 instances of making illegal repairs at large retailers across the state.

Bailiwick Services LLC of Chaska, Minn., subcontracted with five other companies to move electrical lines, adjust menu boards at fast food restaurants, and install telecommunication equipment.

L&I cited the companies for using unlicensed electrical workers and not getting permits for the jobs.

Bailiwick provided electrical contractors for large chain stores throughout Washington.

The list of retailers includes The Home Depot, US Bank, Dollar Tree, and restaurants such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Panera.

In all, there were 584 citations issued.

Bailiwick has appealed the citations, while the subcontractors have agreed to pay the penalties.

The list of subcontractors and their fines include:

  • I T Communications Inc., of Yakima, $28,500;
  • SpringWise Facility MNGMT Inc., South Bend, Ind., $13,000;
  • Darwin TC Group, Hillsboro, Ore., $5,000;
  • Jones Sign Co., Inc., of DePere, Wisc., $2,500; and
  • Rick Slape Inc., Weatherford, Texas, $500.

To find out whether a contractor is licensed, has an up-to-date workers’ compensation account, or has any safety violations pending, go to Lni.wa.gov/Verify.