Minntac worker hurt in electrical accident

Published 11:49 am Thursday, October 17, 2013

MOUNTAIN IRON — A Minntac worker is hospitalized with serious injuries after an electrical accident at the taconite plant in Mountain Iron.

Jon Malek, 52, of Tower was hurt in a small explosion that happened Wednesday while he was working on an electrical apparatus.

Malek’s wife said her husband is in stable condition at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

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Theresa Malek said her husband has worked at the plant for about 17 years.

Authorities said a 911 call came in just before 8 a.m. that one person had been injured in an electrical explosion. Operations were suspended at Iron Range’s largest iron ore operation.