Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 24

October 24, 1922 – Andrew Olson, aged about 37, single, was killed while at work as a shovel cranesman at the Hawkins mine near Nashwauk today. Olson was craning on a shovel in the northwestern end of the pit when the accident happened. The bank at this point consisted of clay and before any of the workman realized the danger, the bank of dirt caved in upon the shovel, striking Olson who was sitting at his station on the boom.

The shovel engineer swung the boom to the opposite side of the bank as soon as e noticed the dirt falling but was unable to speed the boom to safety in saving the cranesman’s life. Olson died within an hour after being taken to the hospital.

The Duluth Herald; “Cave-In is Fatal to Cranesman at Hawkins Mine Pit”; Oct. 25, 1922; p. 1.


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