Pasco is being fined more than $15,000 by the state Department of Labor & Industries for an incident in which a former employee was exposed to lead paint dust while sanding a floor.
The department found eight violations -- five serious and three general -- of health and safety regulations in connection with the incident, according to a letter from Labor & Industries dated earlier this week.
Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield told the Herald on Friday he was aware the department was investigating a complaint but did not have information about any citations and could not comment on the letter.
The city has 15 working days from the time it receives notice of the citations to appeal the findings.
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Documents obtained by the Herald show Jeffrey L. Murrill, a former Public Works employee, contacted Labor & Industries to complain that he and other employees were directed in September 2011 to sand multiple layers of paint on floors in the Butterfield Water Treatment Plant on West B Street.
Murrill's complaint alleges that employees asked about lead and asbestos in the paint layers, but no testing was done to determine if the substances were present.
General violations that carried no fine were:
w The city didn't train the employee how to use a respirator within 12 months before using the sander;
w The city hadn't maintained its written chemical hazard communication program, which was nearly 25 years old;
w The Public Works Department's written respiratory protection program was missing some required elements.
Each of the citations notes the situation is believed to no longer exist in the Pasco Public Works Department.