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Milton R. Young Station reaches safety milestone


Kevin Fee


April 26, 2019

A safety celebration is underway at the Milton R. Young Station this month.

On April 18, Minnkota’s electric power generation facility passed one million work hours without a lost-time injury. The streak began in June 2016 and has spanned more than 1,000 days. It is believed to be the first time the plant has ever reached the milestone.

“Thanks to each of you for your contributions to this achievement,” Craig Bleth, senior manager of power production, told his team. “I’d also like to commend [Safety and Physical Security supervisor] Troy Karlberg and [Safety and Physical Security specialist] Tim Krous (and their support network in Grand Forks) for their constant efforts, innovation and sound advice on all things safety.”

Bleth said the plant now sets its sights on another million work hours with no lost time. He said safety is hard to perfect, “but being less than perfect is not a good or acceptable option for any of us. Please stay focused, evaluate each job for the risks and continue to be deliberate and intentional in your decision making, whether at work or at home.”

Minnkota president & CEO Mac McLennan added, “Congratulations to all the Young Station employees. It is no small feat that you have accomplished – almost three years without a lost-time accident.”

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