Tuesday: Taconite Harbor Worker Remains in Critical Condition
Posted at: 10/22/2012 2:21 PM
| Updated at: 10/23/2012 4:13 PM
A worker remains in critical condition on Tuesday night after an explosion at the Taconite Harbor Energy Center in Schroeder on Monday morning.
Minnesota Power, which owns the plant, said the fuel system explosion was confined to the plant's coal-storage bunkers. The injured worker, 41-year-old Joe Frederickson, was in the coal bunker room at the time of the blast.
The extent of Fredrickson's injuries was not immediately known but the company said the employee was conscious and communicative. He was taken to the Grand Marais hospital and then transferred to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center. On Tuesday, the hospital said he was transferred to Essential Health-Duluth.
Frederickson is a fuels technician and has worked for Minnesota Power since 2001.
The plant was temporarily evacuated as a precaution. Firefighters remained at the scene Monday afternoon extinguishing hot spots in the bunker area.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately known. Minnesota Power is investigating.