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OSHA Investigating Hermiston Onion Shed Fire That Killed Worker


Firefighters from Umatilla and Morrow counties respond to a fire in an onion shed at the Columbia Basin Spreader facility.

Firefighters from Umatilla and Morrow counties respond to a fire in an onion shed at the Columbia Basin Spreader facility.

E.J. Harris/East Oregonian

The cause of the fatal June 1 onion shed fire near Hermiston is still under investigation.

The fire claimed the life of Columbia Basin Spreaders Inc. employee Joseph Adams, 62, of Umatilla.

According to Columbia Basin Spreaders project manager Steve Williams, the shed was going through a renovation process in an effort to update the air flow system.

Oregon OSHA is investigating the fire. According to Gary Beck, statewide safety enforcement manager, the investigation is still at least two months away from concluding, though legally OSHA has up to six months to finish its investigation and produce its findings. Beck said this is a particularly complicated case to figure out and there are no witnesses.

Read more at the East Oregonian.

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