When Mayor Joe Riley responded quickly to a Post and Courier report, stating that he would grudgingly change fire department uniforms since they are apparently a health hazard, you could tell he was upset about letting the clean, crisp uniforms go.

Now, it looks like he’s more upset with some government double speak.  In a letter to the state’s Office of Occupational Safety and Health, Riley says that he was assured on Aug. 31 that the uniforms were in compliance. Come Saturday, the office was singing a different tune in the Post and Courier, stating the city was in violation of state standards and Riley is not happy about it.

“For you and your public information officer to abandon the 2003 findings of South Carolina OSHA in the wake of the June 18, 200, tragedy is revisionism at its worst.”

Riley’s argument, sadly, is that there are no state standards for the city to violate.  What this seems to be is the city not feeling to comfortable with being fingered as the culprit from a state office that should have smacked the city’s hand years before the June fire, but chose not to.


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