- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 26, 2019

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - It’s unclear when the construction of Trinity Health’s new hospital complex in southwestern Minot will resume after a worker accident and propane tank explosions closed the site last week, company officials said.

Trinity Health closed the work site Thursday after a construction worker plummeted four stories, the Minot Daily News reported. No information has been released about the worker’s condition or what caused the fall.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, had representatives on the scene last week in response to the worker’s fall.

On Friday, four propane tanks exploded at the closed job site, shooting fireballs into the air above the metal infrastructure at the building site. The subsequent fire last several hours and many people living nearby were evacuated as a precaution.

No one was reported injured in the blasts, which shook homes more than five miles away. The Fire Marshal inspected the scene Monday. The cause of the explosions was under investigation.

The site remained closed and the investigations will take some time, Trinity Health said in a statement Monday.

“Until we have sufficient information and recommendations to consider, Trinity Health will not speculate on the impact this event may have on the project timeline,” the statement reads. “However, our commitment to the city and region is unwavering. We will evaluate the impact of the fire and take any actions necessary to ensure successful completion of the health care campus and medical district.”


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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