Federal officials say nearly a dozen safety standards were violated at an Army weapons-testing pond near Baltimore where three people died this year, including former Gladstone resident and Navy diver Ryan Harris.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday that it found seven serious violations at the facilityknown as the “super pond.” OSHA began investigating after a civilian technician died while performing routine maintenance in the pond on Jan. 30.
Four weeks later, Harris, 23, and another sailor drowned during a routine dive.
Among the serious violations were improper training for divers; allowing dives to be performed without a standby diver; and using breathing air for purposes other than breathing. OSHA also found four less serious violations.