UPDATE: Ill.-based company fined for injury at Wis. plant

UPDATED Thursday, September 5, 2013 --- 1:50 p.m.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- An Illinois-based company has been fined more than $185,000 after a worker was severely burned at a Wisconsin plant where five people have been killed since 2008.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the fines Thursday against Packaging Corp. of America. PCA makes cardboard and paper boxes.

OSHA says a PCA worker was severely burned in March while trying to light a steam boiler in a paper mill in Tomahawk. OSHA says the company should have prevented the ignition of flammable vapors and given workers proper safety equipment.

A message left at the company's headquarters in Lake Forest, Ill., was not immediately returned.

Five workers were killed at the plant in the past five years. Three died in a 2008 explosion and two were fatally burned by ash last year.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -- 8:05 a.m.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- Federal officials are investigating an accident at a Tomahawk area mill with a history of fatal injuries to workers.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department says a worker was severely burned Tuesday at Packaging Corp. of America. The employee was taken to a local hospital then flown to University Hospital in Madison. Neither the sheriff's department nor company officials released details of how the injury occurred.

Two men working as contractors from Ontonagon, Mich., suffered fatal burns at the Tomahawk plant last July. Three employees were killed in 2008 when sparks ignited flammable gas in a storage tank at the mill, which produces corrugated packaging and container board.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman Scott Allen tells the Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/YxqozM ) the investigation into the latest accident could take up to six months.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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