The investigation has resulted in citations for three serious violations. The proposed fines total $21,000. Xcel Energy has filed to contest OSHA’s findings.
In July, 2017, three workers entered a room to find out why a breaker had tripped. An “arc flash and explosion occurred”, injuring all three workers. According to a July post on the Facebook page of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 160, the workers “sustained burns to a large percentage of their bodies.” They went to a burn center for treatment.
Xcel’s Sherco plant is a coal-fired electricity operation in Becker. It’s located about an hour northwest of downtown Minneapolis.