UNI hires third-party firm to investigate fatal Rialto accident

JOSHUA DAUSENER, Copy Editor | [email protected]

According to an e-mail from UNI President Mark Nook, the university has hired a third-party engineering firm to conduct a review of the policies and procedures regarding the steam-leak accident that killed UNI employee Kevin Bley, 61, on Monday.

Nook’s e-mail reads, “UNI is committed to campus safety and security. With this commitment at heart, we have engaged a national engineering firm, HBK Engineering LLC, to perform an independent third-party review of the protocols and procedures as it pertains to this incident.”

The Rialto Dining Center has been closed since the original steam leak on Tuesday, September 4. Multiple outlets have reported that a second major steam leak occurred around 8:39 a.m. Monday morning, in which Bley sustained fatal injuries.

Efforts to repair the damage to Rialto are ongoing. No timetable has been provided as to when the dining center will open.