10 Minnesota Limited Employees Receive 2021 MEA Awards

Minnesota Limited is pleased to share that the MEA Energy Association (MEA) has honored 10 Minnesota Limited employees with Meritorious Service and Life Sustaining Awards.

MEA bestows the Meritorious Service Award to recognize industry employees who have performed actions in the service of another that are considered above and beyond. The Life Sustaining Award recognizes individuals from MEA’s member companies who have saved the life of another.

“MEA is honored to present the Meritorious Service and Life Sustaining Awards to these 10 deserving individuals,” said John Gann, MEA Vice President. “We are extremely grateful to these outstanding individuals who rise up and make a positive contribution to society. Their actions are a testament to who these individuals are and to the training they receive as Minnesota Limited employees.”

6 Employees Receive MEA Meritorious Service Award

Michael Olson, laborer; Chad Magoon, operator; and Paul Gatons, operator — use their safety training to assist colleague who had lost consciousness.

While working on a project, Michael observed their teamster, who was walking near a piece of equipment, begin to stagger and then collapse with an unknown medical condition. Michael and Paul ran to the teamster’s location where they saw that he was unresponsive and laying on his stomach. They rolled him over and saw that he was conscious but incoherent. At that point, Chad called 911 to get an ambulance and Michael notified the on-site safety representative of the situation. Michael and Paul then put up their jackets to stop dust and wind from getting in the teamster’s face. The ambulance arrived on-scene approximately 20 minutes after the teamster’s collapse.

The ER staff stated that the teamster would have a very good chance at a full recovery due to the crew’s quick action of getting the ambulance on-site and to the ER so that the proper medication could be administered quickly.

Lloyd Fondren, safety coordinator — helps trapped woman out of a car after an accident.

During Lloyd’s travels to a project, he came across a single car accident on an interstate. He pulled over along with several other travelers, but noticed no one approaching the vehicle. There was broken glass and vehicle fluids all over the road, but Lloyd approached the vehicle to see if anyone needed assistance. Once he got to the vehicle, he noticed a woman inside trapped in the driver’s seat by the seat belt. He first asked if she was okay and if she was able to be moved, and once she said yes, Lloyd crawled inside the vehicle through the broken windshield. He then crawled under her and lifted her up so he could release her seat belt, then another individual crawled on top of the vehicle and helped pull her out. The woman sustained several cuts from the broken glass, but didn’t seem to have any broken bones or injuries.

Lloyd showed Minnesota Limited’s core value of commitment to those around him and making sure everyone goes home safe at the end of each day. Most people would have drove by and stared, but never would have stopped.

Duane Carlson, superintendent; John Chapman, foreman — assist client who showed symptoms of a cardiac event.

At a project site, a client employee began showing symptoms of a cardiac event. Emergency crews (911) were contacted by client personnel. In the meantime, Duane Carlson mobilized all CPR/First Aid trained personnel to be available to assist in caring for the individual while John Chapman organized crew personnel to provide traffic control and ensure the ambulance had a safe and clear path to the section of right-of-way where the affected individual was located.

These actions directly contributed to ensuring the individual was able to get off the right-of-way and receive the care they needed by professionals.

4 Employees Receive MEA Life Sustaining Award

Jocelyn Duncan, project coordinator; Greg Oeltjenbruns, foreman; Danny Nihart, straw/laborer; Carter Tollefson, laborer — put out vehicle fire and extract driver, saving the person trapped inside.

Jocelyn was almost back to a jobsite when she came upon a stringer truck that had just overturned. Upon analyzing the scene, she noticed that the truck was still running, smoking profusely, and straying oil everywhere, and a man and woman were running from their vehicle to the truck. She parked her truck about 30 feet away from the truck in case it came into complete flames. She then got out and ran to the truck, and saw a man crushed in it. The man and woman stayed with the man while Jocelyn ran to her truck and called 911, then called Greg right after to come with tools and help.

After making those calls, Jocelyn got the fire extinguisher out of her truck’s toolbox and sprayed the smoking truck. Greg and a few other employees then arrived on-scene, and they got tools out of Greg’s truck to start prying the crushed passenger door open to free the trapped driver. Greg then called to get a few Minnesota Limited flaggers, Danny Nihart and Carter Tollefson, to handle traffic control. By this time, numerous people had arrived on-scene and it became a group effort to save the man’s life. While most of the group worked to get the mangled door off, Jocelyn collected blankets and first aid kits to prepare for when they got the man out, expecting for some sort of injury. After about 10 minutes, the man was pulled out of the crushed cab and helped to stand and walk to a truck on standby, with no visible serious injuries. The situation was handled further by the police department, fire department, and ambulance that then arrived on-scene.