August 19, 2010
Preliminary Notice of Violation issued to Washington Closure Hanford, LLC related an Employee Fall at the High Bay Testing Facility (336 Building) at the Hanford Site
This letter refers to the Office of Health, Safety and Security's Office of Enforcement investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the employee fall that occurred at the Hanford High Bay Testing Facility (336 Building) on July 1, 2009. The worker sustained serious injury to his back and broke bones in both legs. Based on an evaluation of the evidence in this matter, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has concluded that violations of 10 C.F.R. Part 851, Worker Safety and Health Program, by Washington Closure Hanford, LLC (WCH) occurred. Accordingly, DOE is issuing the enclosed Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to WCH with two Severity Level I violations. DOE elected to handle this matter through a contract fee reduction in the amount of $1,700,000 pursuant to the Conditional Payment of Fee clause under contract number DE-AC-06-05RL14655 between DOE and WCH. Therefore, in accordance with 10 C.F.R. § 851.5( c), no civil penalty is proposed for the violations identified in this PNOV.