State agency cited in death of diver

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources faces a fine of nearly $173,000 after being cited for 15 worker-safety violations following the drowning death of a diver.

The citation was issued Friday by the Department of Labor & Industries. David Scheinost of Puyallup was part of a dive team sampling geoduck clams for paralytic shellfish poisoning on July 24. He reportedly surfaced briefly and sank.

Among the violations found were numerous occurrences where divers were deployed without carrying a reserve breathing-gas supply, and DNR not having a designated person in charge to supervise.

DNR will have 15 working days to appeal the citation, something officials with the agency say they plan to do. In a press release issued Friday, the agency noted it has already corrected most of the violations in the citation.

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