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Worker Injured during Zumbro River Dredge Project

Worker Injured during Zumbro River Dredge Project Photo: MGN Online .

May 24, 2019 09:44 AM

(ABC 6 News) - A worker was sent to the hospital after a pipeline blew during the dredging of Zumbro River Wednesday morning around 11:15 a.m. 

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, dredge workers were fixing a leak in the new pipeline, when it blew from backed up pressure, spraying water and mud everywhere. 

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Olmsted County Sheriff's Sergeant Kirby Long said it took workers about a minute to notice their colleague 25-year-old Zachary Holman was missing. The deputy on scene said Holman was conscious when he arrived on shore. Holman's colleagues found him and transported him to to shore where he was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus for his injuries. 

Long said the pipeline was 2 miles long, holding 300 psi while pumping at 170 psi when it blew.

Long said that Holman had deformations to his left arm and wrist, deep gouges and cuts in his cheek and neck that were several inches long and fairly deep. 

According to a report from the sheriff's office, all workers were wearing life-jackets. 

Long said the project has been able to resume since the incident.

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