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Last month the KOMO Problem Solvers busted the balls of state contractors working on the new 520 bridge, producing a hidden-camera investigation that suggested drinking

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POLL: Should Employees Working on the 520 Bridge Be Suspended Without Pay for Drinking on the Job?

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Last month the KOMO Problem Solvers busted the balls of state contractors working on the new 520 bridge, producing a hidden-camera investigation that suggested drinking on the job had become par for the course for at the project's Bellevue headquarters.

The headquarters is home to employees of KGM, described as a joint venture firm of Kiewit, General and Manson contractors (the company that won the bid to rebuild the 520 Bridge), and employees from the state Department of Transportation.

The KOMO investigation inspired Kiewit to launch its own investigation, and as a result of that action KOMO now reports "Five people have been suspended without pay - including a senior vice president" as a result of the jobsite imbibing.

From KOMO's story:

The drinking by employees of bridge contractor Kiewit originally was exposed during a KOMO Problem Solvers hidden camera investigation last month.

The company then followed up with a comprehensive investigation, which found that alcohol consumption did occur "sporadically" in company work spaces at the end of employees' work days, said Keiwit spokesman Tom Janssen.

As a result of the company's investigation, five people have been suspended without pay. Other employees may receive letters of counseling in their personnel files. Training sessions also have been scheduled for other employees.

As we noted at the time of KOMO's initial investigation, here at Seattle Weekly we're drunk at work all the time. Then again, we're not the beneficiary of a $586 million contract to replace the 520 Bridge, so it makes things a little different.

Still, given the fact we know we're not the only ones who occasionally tip back a cold one during a particularly long workday, it raises the question ...

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