On May 19 at approximately 6 a.m., the Wheatland, WY, fire department responded to a fire at the Laramie River Station to assist in extinguishing a fire in the power plant’s coal unloading area. A high-level alarm was indicated in one of the dust collection hoppers. In an effort to resolve the issue, three employees suffered injuries and were transported to the Platte County Memorial Hospital for further evaluation. Two employees have since been released and will follow-up at the North Colorado Medical Center Western States Burn Center in Greeley, CO, burn center today. The third employee was flown to the burn center and remains under care.
An investigative team has been deployed, and an external investigation expert is being contacted.
Basin Electric will provide continual updates as they become available.
“While we are relieved that no lives have been lost, we are heartsick for our impacted employees and their families. Everyone deserves to go to work in a safe environment. The safety of our employees is of utmost importance to us. Earlier this month we entered into a program with Caterpillar Safety Services to transform Basin Electric’s safety program to a cooperative-wide culture of safety. These incidents are extremely unfortunate and rare. We are committed to preventing accidents across the cooperative,” said Andrew M. Serri, Basin Electric CEO and general manager.