DOE Charges Hanford $1.7M After Worker Fall

Law360, New York (August 20, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has hit federal contractor Washington Closure Hanford LLC with a $1.7 million charge for violating safety rules after a worker stepped into an open hatch on a catwalk, fell 50 feet and suffered serious injuries at a former nuclear reactor site.

The penalty came in the form of a reduction from the contract fee payable to Washington Closure Hanford, which manages a 10-year, $2.4 billion cleanup of radioactive contamination and demolition of shuttered reactors along the Columbia River near Richland, Wash.,...
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