Work resumes at site of new Trinity Hospital

Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 10:07 AM CDT
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Construction work on Trinity Health’s new hospital campus in southwest Minot has partially resumed, just over a month after a series of propane tank fires and explosions shut down the site.

A spokesperson for Trinity says work resumed Friday, April 26. Part of the site impacted by the fire is still restricted, but workers have picked up again on other parts of the project.

They say engineers and investigators were on scene the week of April 15 and will do extensive testing of the steel structure in the coming weeks. Insurance investigators are determining the cost of the damage.

Investigators determined that the March 22 incident was caused by movement of the propane tanks due to ground thaw, which caused the gas to leak, and eventually ignite.

Here is the full statement from Trinity Health:

The day before the incident, a worker was hospitalized after falling down an elevator shaft in a separate, unrelated incident, prompting work on the site to shut down and OSHA to investigate.

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