49-year-old woman dies while working at Hanford Site

The latest on this story: Hanford worker who died on the job identified

HANFORD, Wash. — Deputies on Wednesday were called out to a death in the 200 West Area of the Hanford Site.

The 49-year-old woman working at the plutonium finishing plant when a coworker found her unresponsive on the ground and called 911.

The woman’s coworker performed CPR but was not able to revive her. She was pronounced dead at about 1:15 p.m., according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say there were no obvious signs of foul play. The cause of death is being investigated.

The Benton County Coroner’s Office has been notified.

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Ty Blackford, president and CEO for CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company, the woman’s employer, issued a statement responding to her death:

It is with deep sorrow that I inform you we lost a valuable member of our team this afternoon at the Plutonium Finishing Plant.

I want to thank the co-workers and emergency responders for reacting quickly to provide assistance, which was ultimately unsuccessful.

Please remember our colleague’s family and friends during this time and give them the privacy they need.

It has been an extremely difficult week for the Hanford workforce. The most important thing we can do during these times is to take care of ourselves and our coworkers.

Grief counseling support services are available as needed through HPMC Occupational Medical Services.

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