MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A maintenance worker was critically injured Monday morning after some pool chemicals at L.A. Fitness in Hopkins were improperly mixed, according to police.

Officers were called to the L.A. Fitness at 1710 Highway 7 around 11 a.m. Monday for two people experiencing breathing problems.

Upon arrival, police discovered the two people were from the maintenance crew and were having health issues after some pool chemicals were improperly mixed.

Police said the mix of chemicals resulted in a vapor cloud that the workers inhaled.

The workers, both men, are 29 and 31 years old.

They were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where one of the individuals was listed in critical condition. The other was transported as a precaution, according to police.

The pool area and locker rooms have been evacuated while crews work to ventilate the area.

Comments (8)
  1. Roscoe says:

    Sad story. We need more government regulation to make sure things like this don’t happen.

    1. Richard in Minneapolis says:

      The regs are there, but accomplish nothing if people don’t follow them. Each of these materials came with a Hazards sheet and it is the responsibility of management to ensure employees handling hazardous material understand how to do so safely.

    2. Real Talk says:

      Yes…we the people are too stupid and incapable of acting apporpriatly without the government’s help.

      When you’re done crafting this new reguation…how about drafting something that would govern how we put our pants on the morning….some peopel seem to have diffuculty with this too and a little government intervention is sure to ease the burden.

    3. Hockey guy0418 says:

      OSHA reg’s are in place and they should have been wearing at a minimum Half masks.

  2. Ace says:

    I seem to recall a patient in a hospital was putting on his pants after having a test, fell down and broke his hip. Too bad the government wasn’t there.

  3. Rocket Scientist says:

    Funny the government takes a bad rap on this stuff. Regulations are needed whether some realize it or not.

  4. ck says:

    car accidients are the result of someone else being stupid.
    spilled milk is the result of inadequate supervision.
    being on time is not important
    self-improvment is too much work
    authority-responsibility-accountability is for you
    it is not my fault
    —-> people invite their own fate sometimes <—-

  5. unclelooney says:

    One sarcastic response to this story incites
    post after post of conservobabble.
    Well played Richard