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Wanzek Fined In Relation To Crane Worker’s Death

August 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

OSHA Levies Fine On Wanzek

OSHA Levies Fine On Wanzek

After an investigation, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has levied a fine and issued a violation to a wind turbine construction company in connection with an accident last May which claimed the life of a crane operator.
On Wednesday, OSHA proposed a fine of $7,000 for Wanzek Construction, general contractor for construction of Invenergy’s 73.5 MW Prairie Breeze II wind energy farm near Elgin.
Back in May, 40-year-old crane operator Thomas L. Bales was operating a 90-ton rough-terrain crane down a county road southeast of Elgin when the crane slipped into a ditch and overturned, pinning him. Rescue personnel from Elgin and Petersburg rushed to the scene to lend aid but there was little they could do. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bales was employed by Tradesman International and was working for Wanzek Construction at the time of the accident.
The construction company, based out of West Fargo, was given one serious safety violation for exposing workers to struck-by hazards. The worker was not wearing a safety restraint as a crane slipped into a ditch and overturned. He was crushed as it rolled off an embankment, according to OSHA Omaha acting area director Darwin Craig.
“At the beginning of each shift, construction vehicles in use must be inspected to ensure that they are in safe operating condition. This includes ensuring that vehicle restraint systems are in place and utilized by employees to ensure their safety when operating the vehicles,” said Craig. “Crushing and struck-by hazards are still one of the leading causes of construction-related incidents resulting in fatalities in the industry.”
According to reports, Arnold Jelinek, vice president at Wanzek Construction, a North Dakota company, said the company is reviewing the citation.
“The victim had only worked for Wanzek Construction for 10 days,” Craig said months ago. “These incidents are preventable regardless of how long an employee works for a company. Even though temporary workers may only work on a jobsite a few days, weeks or months, employers still have a responsibility to train all employees permanent and temporary about the hazards to which they are exposed,” Craig said in May.
This isn’t the first time Wanzek has been cited by OSHA. Wanzek, according to OSHA, has previously been cited in response to a workplace fatality in January 2011 when an employee was pinned between a semi-trailer and a pickup truck. The employer received one serious citation for not adequately training employees to identify large vehicles on the construction site which presented a struck-by hazard. The case was resolved and the employer paid a penalty of $6,300.

New Mail Collection Hours At Elgin Post Office

August 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

postal-servicePatrons of the Elgin Post Office will need to have their mail “in the mail” a bit earlier beginning on Monday, August 24, 2015.
“Due to operational changes”, new collection hours (effective August 22) have been announced at the Elgin location.
For mailers utilizing the counter or inside drop box, mail will need to be dropped off/in by 12:20 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On Saturdays, mail inside will be collected at 9:45 a.m.
The drive-up mail collection box, located on the southeast corner of the building along the alley, will be picked up daily at 1:20 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Elgin FFA Members Awarded National American FFA Degree

August 14, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

FFA logo

FFA logo

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show the utmost dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed up on a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year, 3,434 American Degrees will be awarded. Bailey Carpenter, Brandon Funk, Mallory Fangman and Corin Pelster, members of the Elgin FFA Chapter will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28-31 in Louisville, Ky.

Sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services, Case IH, DuPont Pioneer, Elanco, Farm Credit and Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the award recognizes demonstrated ability and outstanding achievements in agricultural business, production, processing or service programs. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned and productively invested $10,000 through a supervised agricultural experience program in which they start, own or hold a professional position in an existing agriculture enterprise. Recipients must also complete 50 hours community service and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities and civic involvement. Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key, certificate and matted frame after being recognized on stage at that national convention.

Elgin FFA Again Gains National Attention! Brandon Funk To Compete At The 88th National FFA Convention

August 13, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

Brandon Funk. Elgin Review file photo

Brandon Funk. Elgin Review file photo

The National FFA Organization (FFA) announces its national finalists in August.  Brandon Funk of the Elgin FFA was selected as a national finalist for the National FFA Proficiency Award in Grain Production - Placement. Funk, the son of Ron and Angela Funk of Clearwater, he is one of only four people chosen to compete for this award at the national finals to be held Oct. 28 during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky.
Elgin FFA Advisor Julia Schwartz provided information Thursday indicating the proficiency awards recognize outstanding student achievement in agribusiness gained through establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.
The Grain Production - Placement Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels.
Funk, a member of the Elgin FFA Chapter, became eligible for the national award after winning the Nebraska state FFA competition earlier this year.
This award is sponsored by CF Industries, Inc., as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four finalists received a plaque and $500.  The national winner of the Grain Production - Placement Award will receive an additional $500 during a special ceremony at the national FFA convention. Also, Schwartz said two other Elgin FFA members earned honors.
Silver Merit Awards
Two other Elgin FFA members earned national recognition. Trey Baum, the son of Chris and Jeanine Baum, and his proficiency of Beef Entrepreneurship, received a Silver Merit award at Nationals while Trent Bauer, the son of Terry and Mary Bauer, with his proficiency of Small Animal Care and Management Entrepreneurship, also received a Silver Merit award.

Two Foreign Exchange Students To Attend Elgin High School

August 13, 2015 by lmorgan · Comments Off 

For students, school beckons in a couple of days.
It marks the end of summer recess and the beginning of a new school year.
At Elgin High School, the start of school will bring two new foreign exchange students — Vîctorîa Nika and Ingvild Bekkeseth.
Both girls are 17 years of age and will be staying for the next 10 months with Kurt and Peggy Hanlin who reside here in Elgin.
Vîctorîa comes to Elgin from Taoyuan, Taiwan. Her father is an engineer and her mother works as a professor’s assistant at the university there.
Ingvild’s home is Vikersund, Norway, a community of approximately 3,000. There, her mother is an optometrist.
The community is known worldwide as the home of the world’s biggest skiflying hill, Vikersundbakken, which regularly hosts the World Cup in skiflying.
“Winter lasts forever (where I come from),” Ingvild said. “Snow can come in October and won’t melt on the ground til sometime in March or April.”
Both girls said they are looking forward to attending Elgin High School and participating in school activities as each enjoys dancing and music.
Vîctorîa said she wants to improve her English while Ingvild said she’s looking forward to not only improving her English skills, but to experience another culture.

For the complete story, see the print edition of The Elgin Review

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