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REPORT: Engineering firm says cap failure to blame in deadly UNI steam leak

An engineering firm’s investigation points to a cap failure within a University of Northern Iowa utility tunnel as the cause to a deadly steam leak in a campus dining facility last month.
HBK Engineering’s report says “[s]uch a failure would have allowed steam to immediately enter the utility tunnel and would likely have resulted in a loud noise, like the one a UNI worker reported hearing at the same time as the incident.”
The university said 61-year-old Kevin Bley died from injuries sustained while working on the system within the Rialto Dining Facility on campus in Cedar Falls on September 10. School officials say a previous team leak also occurred on September 4.
HBK’s report notes investigators visited campus on September 11 and 12 to review the system in which the steam leak took place. University officials say an Iowa OSHA assessment is also in progress, with those results coming in the near future.

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