08 October 2009

More Worker Safety Issues at Hanford

Last week, while filming to document work at Hanford under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a worker fell from scaffolding (without sustaining serious injuries).  Worker falls are a perennial problem at Hanford, and we're not quite sure why.  Read the full Tri-City Herald article.


  1. How I ironic that while they are filming this happened. I hadn't heard many incidents of workers falling before this summer, there was an extremely tragic and fatal fall. I hope there are ways they can increase safety for workers at Hanford!

  2. If a worker falls just 10 feet at Hanford Nuclear Site, that should be the least of their problems. Sure, I sympathize with the worker and hope their bumps and bruises will soon heal, but worse things could happen when working at Hanford--like serious internal diseases. In an article posted weeks ago on this site, I learned that Hanford workers suffer from mesothelioma 11 times more than the general public, from asbestosis 30 times more, and myeloma 3 times more, and unlike broken bones, these illness can't be remedied with just a cast, and aren't always as forgiving. These statistics are astonishing. It would be interesting to find out how these numbers change the further out into the public one goes, and how it effects the surrounding environment. Worker health seems to be a great indication of the health culture of Hanford.

  3. Worker safety has been a long-term issue at Hanford. I think that in some ways worker health is also indicative of environmental health of the area -- the land, the Columbia River, the wildlife. What we see reported about Hanford workers is just a sampling of the horrors that radioactive waste can wreck on an ecosystem.