Michigan Tech University employee scalded on face by steam in food service area of Union Memorial Union Building

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 3-31-18 – 11:15 a.m. ET

Michigan Tech University employee scalded by steam; taken to hospital with first-degree burns

MTU Burn graphic

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Michigan Tech University/Houghton MI) – A Michigan Tech University employee was scalded Friday afternoon after being hit in the face by a blast of steam.

The first-degree burn was reported about around 1 p.m. ET, this afternoon, Friday, March 30, 2018. A popular C-Cubed luncheon was underway at the time.

MTU EMS paramedics were called to the Memorial Union Building loading dock entrance.


The female victim was blasted in the face by steam in/near the “dry storage area.” However, the exact mechanism of injury – like what caused her to be blasted by steam in the face – is not known.

The age of the victim – including whether it is a student – is not known.

It is unclear if MTU Public Safety or other authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, and how to prevent it in the future.

MTU Memorial Union Building 2

The MTU employee was lucky to suffer the least serious of burns but it still is leaving her face scalded pink and painful.
Mercy ambulance was also called to the scene.

Mercy EMS transported the victim about 1:34 p.m. ET Friday afternoon to U.P. Health System-Portage Hospital in Hancock, MI.

Web MD: First-degree burns are considered mild compared to other burns. They result in pain and reddening of the epidermis (outer layer of the skin).

just an fyi:

Those kitchen employees have been busy Thursday and Friday, according to the Memorial Union Building Facebook page:


Michigan Tech Memorial Union
March 26 at 12:09pm ·
The C-Cubed luncheons take place were held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday (March 29/30) in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge.
Friday, March 30
Caribbean Haddock Coconut Rundown (GF)
Caribbean Tofu Coconut Rundown (GF, VE)
Pineapple Rice with Cilantro and Lime (GF, VE)
Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (GF, VE)

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