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Minnesota Department of Transportation co-workers of a maintenance operator who died after his backhoe was swept into the flooding Minnesota River have established a memorial fund in his name. Full Story
Rice St

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Mar 25, 2011
I hope the Struck Family Sues the He$$ out of MnDot. That young man should have never been told to sit next to that river to break up a Ice Dam with such a light machine. The machine should have been a 345 Cat trackhoe to keep the operator safely away from the water.

When Ice dams break, its like flushing a toilet.... and his bucket pulled that machine in the river like a rag doll.

I have seen people do dumb things under peer pressure. I can see the chicken $hit supervisor call on his best guy to get the job done, as the supervisor is quietly thinking this guy is crazy for doing the job that he was TOLD to do.

(A)... PERSONALITY people should slow down and take a real good look at who your boss is before putting a Feather in the Supervisors hat.

If this was a Privet company OSHA & MSHA would have them closed down with in 24 hours, and the Media would be jerking-off all over this story.
back up

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Mar 25, 2011
The equipment was fine, it was operator error.
east side

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Mar 25, 2011
The other paper in the twin cities reported that this guy's brother died from cancer this month. That family has experienced a lot of tragedy in a short time.

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#4 Mar 25, 2011
Rice St wrote:
I hope the Struck Family Sues the He$$ out of MnDot. That young man should have never been told to sit next to that river to break up a Ice Dam with such a light machine. The machine should have been a 345 Cat trackhoe to keep the operator safely away from the water.
When Ice dams break, its like flushing a toilet.... and his bucket pulled that machine in the river like a rag doll.
I have seen people do dumb things under peer pressure. I can see the chicken **** supervisor call on his best guy to get the job done, as the supervisor is quietly thinking this guy is crazy for doing the job that he was TOLD to do.
(A)... PERSONALITY people should slow down and take a real good look at who your boss is before putting a Feather in the Supervisors hat.
If this was a Privet company OSHA & MSHA would have them closed down with in 24 hours, and the Media would be jerking-off all over this story.
Well stated.. proof that the death of common sense has been greatly exaggerated.
wow

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Mar 25, 2011
Pat wrote:
I want all of you to remember that this young man was one of the state employees that the Republican legislators want to cut.
These workers are dedicated, hard working, fearless, and give their all to the State of Minnesota, and the welfare of their fellow citizens.
Can't we do better than reducing their number, cutting their benefits and attacking their unions?
Using a tragic death to push your unionist agenda - so typical of you leftists.
TDO

El Segundo, CA

#7 Mar 25, 2011
Pat wrote:
I want all of you to remember that this young man was one of the state employees that the Republican legislators want to cut.
These workers are dedicated, hard working, fearless, and give their all to the State of Minnesota, and the welfare of their fellow citizens.
Can't we do better than reducing their number, cutting their benefits and attacking their unions?
What a putz!
LAUGHINGALLTHEWA Y

Chokio, MN

#8 Mar 25, 2011
The headline might be construed as saying first a Shovel-Brace was pulled into the river and now the kids of a Shovel-Brace.
Debbie

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 25, 2011
Where can we donate? Did I miss that in the story? Thanks

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