July 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Second contractor fined for exposing workers to toxic lead at Wade’s Eastside gun range
A second contractor has been cited for safety violations for exposing workers to toxic lead during a remodel of Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue.
The state Department of Labor and Industries has fined Mechanical & Control Services of Fife $2,550 for failing to determine if employees working on the firing range would be exposed to high lead levels, failing to develop and implement a lead compliance plan, failing to insure that workers were fit-tested for respirators, and failing to offer medical testing to workers.
L&I previously fined Wade’s $23,480 for 17 violations and fined general contractor S.D. Deacon $10,750 for nine violations during expansion of the gun range last fall. Wade’s has appealed the fines, and Deacon has paid its penalty.
Forty-seven workers were found to have elevated lead in their blood and 24 reported symptoms consistent with blood poisoning in what Public Health — Seattle & King County officials believe was the most serious lead-exposure incident at an indoor gun range in the nation.
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