Washington Closure Hanford hits safety milestone

September 30, 2013 

Washington Closure Hanford began work in August to tear down the former Hanford Technical Library in the 300 Area just north of Richland.

WASHINGTON CLOSURE HANFORD

— Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees have worked 2 million hours without a day of work lost to a workplace injury or illness.

It’s the fourth time the milestone has been reached since Washington Closure was awarded the contract for environmental cleanup at Hanford along the Columbia River in 2005.

Washington Closure has finished about 90 percent of the work in its 10-year contract, which includes tearing down contaminated buildings and digging up waste sites and burial grounds. The Department of Energy contractor also manages the central Hanford lined landfill for low level radioactive waste.

The company has made progress because of highly skilled workers who are committed to safe work practices and look out for each other, said Washington Closure President Carol Johnson, in a statement.

Washington Closure also was recently recognized with the Legacy of Stars Award in DOE’s Voluntary Protection Program for four consecutive years of Star of Excellence status in the safety program.

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