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TUMWATER, Wash. - The state Department of Labor and Industries has cited and fined the Department of Corrections in connection with the death of corrections officer, Jayme Biendl.

The total proposed penalty is $26,000, nearly the maximum amount allowed.

The agency determined that workplace safety violations at the Monroe Correctional Complex resulted in several opportunities where prison staff could have noticed Biendl's absence sooner.

The DOC has been cited for:

  • Failing to supervise and enforce training programs that were effective in practice, a repeat of a previous safety violation.
  • Failing to have an effective Accident Prevention Program by not enforcing several existing policies at the Monroe prison.
  • Failing to have policies or procedures tailored to the needs and hazards of the particular workplace, in that several policies that DOC should have had, according to industry standards, were not in place.

Byron Scherf, an inmate at the prison, is accused of killing Biendl in January.

DOC will have 15 working days to appeal the citation.

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