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Man Critically Injured In Mill Explosion

A Tomahawk resident suffered serious burns at at the mill he worked at earlier this week.

The 53-year-old was burned at the nearby Packaging Corp. of America mill Tuesday morning during what was described as a routine operation where he was igniting a boiler at the mill. Emergency crews were called to the mill on Highway E at 9:41 after a 911 caller reported an employee was burned.

According to reports, the man has worked at the mill for nine years. He was taken to a local hospital and then flown to the University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital and Clinics, where he was listed in critical condition.

The plant has a history of both injuries and deaths. Two Michigan contractors died after suffering fatal burns last summer and an explosion from a storage tank killed three people in 2008. An internal investigation as well as an OSHA investigation were opened after the accident. OSHA has issued more than 90 citations against the company from 2000 through 2010.

Packaging Corporation of America produces containerboard and corrugated packaging materials.

If you or your loved one has suffered work-related injuries, it is important to discuss the situation with an experienced Wisconsin worker’s compensation attorney. Call today for a free, initial consultation.

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