TUMWATER, Wash. -

A Seattle contractor is facing over $50,000 in fines related to a January incident in which a construction worker died when a trench collapsed.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries said in a news release Thursday that Alki Construction LLC was cited for one willful violation, five serious violations and one general for fines totaling $51,500.

Officials say Harold Felton was killed when the dirt walls of the trench in which he was working collapsed, burying him. The company had dug trenches to replace a sewer line near a Seattle house.

Officials say there was no system in place to prevent all sides from caving in.

The Seattle Times reports  attempts to reach a company representative Thursday were not immediately successful. The company has 15 days to appeal.