Hanford

Washington Closure workers hit safety milestone

Workers at Washington Closure Hanford, including at the 618-10 Burial Ground shown here, have reached a safety milestone.
Workers at Washington Closure Hanford, including at the 618-10 Burial Ground shown here, have reached a safety milestone. Tri-City Herald file

Washington Closure Hanford and its subcontractor employees have reached a new safety milestone: 7 million hours without a lost workday injury.

Employees have worked three and a half years since an employee had an injury on the job that caused them to miss work.

The milestone was hit as the Washington Closure’s contract for environmental cleanup at the nuclear reservation is in its final months. The contract, which had been extended to 11 years, ends in September.

Since the start of the fiscal year Washington Closure has focused on two major projects, cleaning up the highly hazardous 618-10 Burial Ground and placing the 324 Building, which sits over a highly radioactive spill, into maintenance status for future demolition. Responsibility for the 324 Building has recently been transferred to CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co.

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