UPDATE: Men Burned at Tomahawk Mill Identified

UPDATED Wednesday, July 18, 2012 --- 11:46 a.m.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department has identified the two men severely burned in an accident at Tomahawk mill, including one who died.

Officials say 47-year-old Dennis Gougeon died at UW Hospital Tuesday evening. Twenty-nine-year-old Dustin Hale remains in critical condition at the hospital's burn center. The men were working as contractors from Ontonagon, Mich., when they were burned by fly ash at Packaging Corp. of America Tuesday. Fly ash is produced during coal combustion.

WSAW-TV says the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. It's not the first fatal accident at the plant, which produces corrugated packaging and container board. Three employees were killed in July of 2008 when sparks ignited flammable gas in a storage tank at the plant.

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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 --- 9:22p.m.

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) -- One man is dead and another critically hurt after being burned by fly ash at a mill in Tomahawk.

The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Packaging Corp of America, or PCA. The company produces containerboard and corrugated packaging.

A human resources manager with PCA tells WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/MF3L59 ) the company does not know exactly what happened. The injured men were contractors, not employees of PCA, and are from Ontonagon, Mich. They were working for a company based out of Ontonagon.

The Lincoln County sheriff's office says a 47-year-old man died from his injuries. A 29-year-old man was flown to the UW-Madison burn center. The extent of his injuries is not known.

Fly ash is produced during combustion of coal.

The Lincoln County coroner's office has joined the investigation.


Information from: WSAW-TV, http://www.wsaw.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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