OLYMPIA — 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 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.