Federal agencies at odds over firefighter's death

Published On: Apr 05 2013 02:11:29 PM PDT
Anne Veseth

The U.S. Forest Service is contesting a citation issued against it by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter last summer.

OSHA spokeswoman Deanne Amaden tells the Lewiston Tribune in a story published Friday that the two agencies are negotiating after each conducted investigations and reached separate conclusions.

Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12 after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.

OSHA in a report released in February says the Forest Service failed to maintain safe working conditions.

A Forest Service report released the same month says the death wasn't the result of human error but was due to the inherent dangers of fighting wildfires where risks can't be completely eliminated.