May 29, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
The U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA office in Omaha and the Antelope County Sheriff’s office said they have opened investigations into Wednesday’s death of a wind tower subcontractor worker southeast of Elgin.
Thomas L. Bales, 40, of Denver, Colo., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore.
Bernard Hauber, OSHA acting area director, confirmed Friday morning that Bales was employed by Tradesman International and was working for Wanzek Construction Inc., based out of West Fargo, N.D., which is currently constructing Prairie Breeze II (PBII) for Invenergy.
OSHA said initial reports indicated the Bales was moving a 90-ton rough-terrain crane along a county road when the crane slipped into a ditch and overturned about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
An autopsy has been ordered by the Antelope County Attorney’s office.
Hauber said OSHA has received complaints alleging workers at the site were exposed to hazards while working near county roads that aren’t closed and don’t have adequate warning signs. Those allegations will be investigated along with the fatal incident.
“The time frame, from the time we begin an investigation, under OSHA Act regulations, we must furnish a report within six months,” Hauber said. However, he said they try to complete their investigations earlier than that.
May 29, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Footage from Elgin’s video cameras and the security cameras at Pope John Central Catholic (PJCC) school may have helped solve the mystery of who did damage at the Elgin Ball Field located just to the east of PJCC/St. Boniface Elementary school building.
It was discovered last week that the ball field had been damaged from a vehicle driving through the east field. The Antelope County Sheriff’s office announced Thursday the citing of an Elgin juvenile for Criminal Mischief in connection with the damage.
According to Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore, the department was able to view footage from both the City of Elgin’s main street and PJCC’s security cameras and officers were able to determine what vehicles were in the vicinity of the ball field around the time the damage was done. The department then contacted drivers of each vehicle and eye witnesses. While several vehicles drove through the area in question, Sheriff Moore said the sheriff’s department received a confession from one driver admitting to the damage that was done.
Good news continues for the family - and friends - of the Kyle and Kala Pelster family. As previously reported, two-year-old Logann Pelster underwent surgery after a tumor was found on his brain on May 6. The report on the tumor came back with great news - the tumor, categorized as pilocytic astrocytoma which usually occurs in the cerebellum near the brainstem, was benign. On May 14th, Logann was moved out of the PICU at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, into his own room and began eating. He progressed well and was released to begin rehabilitation at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln.
Great news for the family, however, the medical bills are not going away. A fund has been established at The Bank of Elgin to help the family with these medical expenses. Those wishing to help but not living near Elgin can also help through a A GoFundMe account that has also been started, gofundme.com/iwt2nc.
Along with his parents, Logann has a brother Evin and his grandparents are Mike and Cindy Rice of Neligh, Carlene Pelster and Jerry Pelster, both of Elgin. Photo submitted
The identity of a man who died in a one-vehicle accident on Wednesday, May 27, has been released. Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore said Thomas L. Bales, age 40, of Denver, Colo., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just north of the intersection of 527 and 100 Avenue in southeast Antelope County.
According to a press release from the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department, they were notified at 9:23 a.m. that a large crane had rolled. The crane was being used by Wanzek Construction Co. for the wind towers project southeast of Elgin. “It appears the crane was being operated north of the intersection of 527 and 100 and the crane had gotten too close to the east edge of the road and rolled into a pasture owned by John Larson.”
Rescue and fire departments from both Elgin and Petersburg were called to the scene.
An autopsy was ordered by the Antelope County Attorney’s office and the accident is being investigated by the Antelope County Sheriff’s Department.