OSHA issues citation and fine for ID. firefighter killed at Steep Corner fire

Lewiston, ID - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a citation as a result of an investigation into the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter at the Steep Corner fire near Orofino.

This past summer the firefighting community joined together to pay tribute to 20-year-old Anne Veseth of Moscow, who was killed on August 12, 2012. Veseth died while battling the wildfire after the trees around her came crashing down in what was called a "domino" effect. OSHA recently issued a citation to Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association (CPTPA), which was the managing fire organization, with a total proposed penalty of $14,000 in fines for what were considered to be "serious" violations.

OSHA also pointed out several areas that the managing agency failed to "furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, in that employees were exposed to the hazards of entrapment, burns and other hazards associated with wild land firefighting..."

In the citation from OSHA, it was stated that eight of the ten Standing Firefighting Orders were violated. Those orders included maintaining proper communications, making sure staff was aware of firefighting weather conditions and ensuring escape routes and safety zones were properly identified and maintained. To read the full Citation and notification of Penalty click here: