One person was injured after an incident at the Packaging Corporation of American Mill in Tomahawk.
At 9:41 a.m. on Tuesday March 5th, Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputies along with the Tomahawk EMS and Fire Department responded to the PCA Mill after a 9-1-1 call reported an employee was injured.
The victim, 53 year old Mike Slesicki was brought to Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital with severe burns. He was transported by ambulance to the Tomahawk Regional Airport where a fixed wing medical plane was waiting to fly him to the burn unit at UW-Madison Hospitals and Clinics.
Investigators from the Sheriff's Office have completed their investigation at the scene and have turned it over to PCA Officials.
Dave Blank, human resources manager at PCA, says the incident occured when workers "were reigniting a boiler that was down for maintenance and it was a normal, standard operating procedure."
This is the third incident in the last 5 years in which people were either killed or injured at the mill. The Company was cited for four "serious" violations, including poor ventilation for flammable gases and paid fines of $22,500 after an explosion killed three workers and injured another in 2008. This past July 47 year old Dennis Gougeon and 29 year old Dustin Hale, both of Ontonagon, Michigan were burned by fly-ash at PCA and later died.