ENGROSSED SENATE BILL 5566
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Rasmussen, Johnson, Owen, Vognild, Moore, Bluechel, Barr and Sellar.
Read first time February 7, 1991. Referred to Committee on Law & Justice.
AN ACT Relating to allowable provisions in construction contracts; and amending RCW 4.24.115.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:RCW
Sec. 1. RCW 4.24.115 and 1986 c 305 s 601 are each amended to read as follows:
A covenant, promise, agreement or understanding in, or in connection with or collateral to, a contract or agreement relative to the construction, alteration, repair, addition to, subtraction from, improvement to, or maintenance of, any building, highway, road, railroad, excavation, or other structure, project, development, or improvement attached to real estate, including moving and demolition in connection therewith, purporting to indemnify against liability for damages arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property:
(1) Caused by or resulting from the sole negligence of the indemnitee, his agents or employees is against public policy and is void and unenforceable;
(2) Caused by or resulting from the concurrent negligence of (a) the indemnitee or the indemnitee's agents or employees, and (b) the indemnitor or the indemnitor's agents or employees, is valid and enforceable only to the extent of the indemnitor's negligence and only if the agreement specifically and expressly provides therefor, and may waive the indemnitor's immunity under industrial insurance, Title 51 RCW, only if the agreement specifically and expressly provides therefor and the waiver was mutually negotiated by the parties. This subsection applies to agreements entered into after June 11, 1986.
An additional or named insured endorsement on a liability insurance policy covering liability for damages arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property, procured by a general contractor, subcontractor, or specialty contractor, is valid and enforceable only to the extent of the injury or damage (a) which arose in whole or in part out of the fault of the procuring general contractor, subcontractor, or specialty contractor, or its agents or employees, or its sub-subcontractors or its suppliers or (b) if fault is not a requirement for liability, to the extent of the injury or damage caused in whole or in part by the procuring general contractor, subcontractor, or specialty contractor, or its agents or employees or its sub-subcontractors, or its suppliers. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit an owner from procuring insurance which covers liability for damage arising out of bodily injury to persons or damage to property for a general contractor, subcontractor, specialty contractor, or other person or entity.