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Resort employee hurt mixing chemicals (UPDATE)

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Wisconsin say a resort employee mixed chlorine with another chemical, sparking an explosion that left her with broken bones and a mild chemical burn.

Oconomowoc police say the explosion was reported Tuesday about 8:45 a.m. at the Olympia Resort & Conference Center.

According to Police Chief Dave Beguhn, the employee was mixing the chemicals in the laundry room in the basement. He said employees are told which chemicals can be mixed, and in this case the employee apparently made “an unfortunate error.”

Thirty other resort employees and four emergency responders went to the hospital as a precaution. Beguhn said one emergency worker suffered a mild chemical burn to the foot.


  1. FYI This might be a good time to take a look at alternatives to chlorine in pools, water treatment , fitness clubs, nursing homes, hospitals, hotels and commercial laundry operations. An impressive idea that has come across our desks at Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility is the use of ozone for these and other applications. According to the Ozone company, a little business in Fitchburg, ozone can reduce energy costs (because it works better in cold water), water bills, wear and tear on the items washed…and it kills microbes like MRSA better than chemical treatment.

    The payback on investment is apparently very quick…and the risks of injury or illness are minimal to nonexistent. Almost sounds too good to be true.

    I’d be curious to know of any businesses who have tried the ozone technology.

  2. New initiative to help small businesses implement green practices offers training and technical assistance.

    A collaborative effort entitled The WI Green Exchange is now offering workshops called “Show Me the Green: Profitable Practices that Build on the Local Advantage” in Eagle River, Whitewater and other communities.

    The half day workshops are geared to helping small businesses “earn more, save more, reinforce their niche in the market, ensure safer and healther workplaces, products and services…and contribute to the quality of life in their community.”

    Co-sponsored by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, Wisconsin Partners for SustainAbility with support from the WI Business Development Finance Corporation and EZ Office Products, the workshops are hosted locally.

    In Eagle River, Wednesday, April 7 at the Many Ways of Peace Center. Call 715-480-4697.
    In Whitewater, Tuesday, April 27 at the Cravath Lakefront Center. Contact Mary Nimm, mnimm@ci.whitewater.wi.us 608-473-0148

    For information on hosting in other communities, contact rbrooks@dcs.wisc.edu 608-265-4077.

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