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No violations found after diver sickened in effort to raise Pierce County sheriff’s boat

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 30, 2011 at 6:40 am |
September 30, 2011 11:39 am

A state investigation of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department found no health or safety violations after a dive team member fell ill from two days of work on the effort to raise a sunken sheriff’s boat in July.

No citations were issued or penalties were assessed. The Sheriff’s Department, which oversees the Pierce County Metro Dive Team, received the results of the Department of Labor & Industries’ investigation earlier this month.  The team is comprised of officers from the Tacoma police and Pierce County Sheriff’s departments.

Members of the dive team were helping with the salvage operation of The Reliance after the patrol boat sunk July 18 at the Narrows Marina.

A Tacoma police sergeant worked two days on the operation, then complained that he wasn’t feeling well and was lightheaded. He was hospitalized for observation. The tests done at the hospital didn’t show anything wrong, the department reported at the time.

The state investigation looked into whether there were any health or safety violations that resulted in the sergeant’s illness. It found none.

“We appreciate your interest in and concern for workplace safety and health,” a Labor & Industries letter states.

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