ST. GEORGE — The man critically injured in an industrial accident at a potash mine in northern San Juan County that killed two other workers over the weekend died Tuesday at a hospital in Salt Lake City, officials said.
Arthur Secrest died at the University of Utah’s Burn Clinic after he and two other employees,, were electrocuted during an industrial accident at a potash mine shortly after noon Saturday.
Helquist and Johnston were pronounced dead at the scene, while Secrest was flown to the hospital in critical condition.
Matt Preston, a representative with Intrepid’s corporate crisis management team, told St. George News on Sunday that they were in contact with the San Juan County Sheriff’s office and that all operations at the mine had been halted.
By Wednesday morning Preston said that some operations have resumed in other areas of the mine. “However the area where the accident occurred is still shut down,” he said.
Preston said the outpouring of community support for “Russell, Matt and Buddy and their families, as well as for all our Moab employees during this incredibly difficult time has been tremendous.”
“Intrepid is very grateful for that support.”
An active investigation is ongoing by authorities, Preston said.
“Employee safety is, and will continue to be, Intrepid’s top priority.”
Preston also said for anyone interested in assisting the families impacted by this tragedy, friends and neighbors have set up GoFundMe.com accounts for each family to accept donations.
St. George News reporter Jeff Richards contributed to this report.
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