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Pay Cut Up To $2.3 Million for Hanford Contractor

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The federal government will reduce a contractor's pay by up to $2.3 million following a worker's fall at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The Department of Energy notified Washington Closure Hanford of the pay cut Tuesday. Dave Brockman, manager of the Energy Department's Richland Operations office, said it was "fortunate beyond all measure" that the worker survived. But he also said the company has a strong safety record otherwise.

The Energy Department could reduce the pay cut based on how well Washington Closure addresses problems that led to the fall.

The worker fell through an open hatch in a catwalk July 1. He broke both legs, among other injuries, but is recovering at home and is expected to return to work.