DOE proposes $150,000 fine against Bechtel

KENNEWICK — The Energy Department has proposed a $150,000 fine against Bechtel National on Thursday for two construction incidents at the vitrification plant on the Hanford nuclear reservation.

One worker lost two toes when a rail landed on his foot. Heavy equipment was improperly rigged in the other incident last year at the waste treatment plant under construction.

Bechtel told the Tri-City Herald that it has modified training, work processes and supervision to prevent similar events from recurring. It has 30 days to contest the fine.

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