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Mark Farley Quoted by Associated Press on Minneapolis School Explosion

Firm News | August 3, 2017

Mark Farley, co-head of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice, was quoted by the Associated Press regarding the recent natural gas explosion at a Minneapolis school. The explosion at Minnehaha Academy, which killed two people, is believed to have been caused by a gas leak while construction work was being done. Mark noted that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will examine what type of work was being done, whether the building should have been occupied at the time, and if all safety precautions were taken. He added that the NTSB will want to determine whether the contractors should have isolated the natural gas source before proceeding, stating, "The question is going to be, was it isolated in a way that they were confident they could do the work without the risk of a leak. Obviously something went terribly wrong." ("NTSB Says School Blast Investigation Could Take a Year," August 3, 2017)

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