Orofino-based firefighting group reaches deal with OSHA over Veseth’s death

Anne Veseth

Anne Veseth

Officials from an Orofino-based firefighting organization have reached an agreement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over citations and fines levied after a 20-year-old Moscow firefighter was struck and killed by a falling tree while working on a wildfire last summer.

The Clearwater Potlatch Timber Protective Association has agreed to a $10,500 fine, down from the $14,000 fine that OSHA proposed in February for the death of U.S. Forest Service firefighter Anne Veseth. Veseth was working the Steep Corner Fire near Headquarters in August 2012 when the incident occurred.

The agreement also revised the citation.

A report by U.S. Forest Service investigators released in February showed there were no violations of policy or protocol surrounding Veseth’s death. The Forest Service was cited but not fined, and officials say the agency is in formal negotiations with OSHA over its citation.  (AP, USFS)

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