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Worker killed, another injured in fall from scaffold (UPDATE)

By James Briggs

One worker was killed and another injured after the two men fell 30 feet from scaffolding at a Green Bay-area paper plant Thursday, according to the Brown County Sheriff’s Office.

Both men were transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, where one died and one was reported in stable condition on Thursday afternoon.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately release the names of the workers.

Attempts to contact Howard-based Hattiesburg Paper Co. LLC, where the accident occurred, were unsuccessful. A spokesman for Menasha-based Faith Technologies Inc., which employed both men, did not immediately return phone or e-mail messages.

Bob Hager, a supervisor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Appleton office, said the agency is on the scene.

“We have a guy on site, but no conclusions yet,” he said. “We’re just investigating.”

OSHA has twice fined Faith Technologies for safety violations in Wisconsin, according to the agency’s public database. The violations, both occurring in 2006, led to more than $3,000 in fines.

The company, though, highly touts its safety initiatives, and in March celebrated 3 million employee-hours worked without an accident that forced anyone to miss time at work.

Hattiesburg Paper has never been cited for OSHA violations.

Hattiesburg Paper, formed in 2005, distributes products for the food services industry. The state in 2006 awarded Hattiesburg Paper a $1 million tax credit toward a $25 million expansion the company said created 200 jobs.

Gov. Jim Doyle hailed the company at the time for strengthening Wisconsin’s manufacturing base.

Faith Technologies is an electrical contractor with 15 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia. The company employs 1,400 people, according to its website.

The company has worked on several major projects, including the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and an expansion of the Ocean Spray Cranberries plant in Wisconsin Rapids.

One comment

  1. There is new information on this accident, found here – http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20101203/GPG0101/101203048/Howard-paper-company-reopens-after-fatal-accident . Apparently the men were on a scissors lift, not ‘scaffolding.’ Also, their lift was hit by someone operating a forklift which knocked it over. Regardless, my condolences to the families of the men injured, as well as to the person who was operating the forklift. What a catastrophic morning.

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