Human Error Not Responsible for Firefighter’s Death
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says human error was not responsible for the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter last summer in northern Idaho. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the agency’s 43-page serious accident investigation report by a nine-person team released Friday did not “find any reckless actions or violations of policy or protocol.”
Earlier this month, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a citation to a fire management organization and proposed a $14,000 fine for serious safety violations inspectors with that agency say led to the death of the firefighter. Last August a firefighting crew was battling the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino when several trees fell. One of those falling trees killed 20-year-old Anne Veseth of Moscow.