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Washington Department of Corrections fined for asbestos violations

The Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently ordered to pay a fine for allegedly exposing inmate workers to asbestos minerals, a Northwest Public Radio article stated on April 23.

Although the original fine was $140,000, the settlement between the DOC and The Department of Labor and Industries cut that amount in half. The settlement also dictated that the DOC must properly train nearly 1,000 employees on how to safely work with asbestos. Investigations by the Department of Labor and Industries revealed that the DOC put inmate workers at risk by allowing them to sweep asbestos-laden tile floors and also did not enforce the use of respirators while on the job. The DOC admitted no guilt and denied that employees or inmates were unsafely exposed to asbestos dust.

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