MN Power Cleared of Wrongdoing in September Death

By KBJR News 1

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Power will not be cited following the death of one of its employees last September.

47-year-old Kyle Damberg died on September 3 of last year, near the company's Taconite Harbor Energy Center.

An investigation, released this week, by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration found no hazards at the site that could have caused Damberg's death.

Minnesota Power officials say they are pleased with OSHA's findings, but are very sorry for the Damberg family.

"There is comfort in regards to the OSHA report in knowing that our worksite was safe and no hazards were found there, but this continues to be a struggle," Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge said. "People are still working through this. The loss of Kyle was a great one. He was a valued employee and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his family, coworkers and friends."

Rutledge said safety has always been a core value at Minnesota Power.

Damberg is survived by his wife Karen and their two children.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com