According to Brown County Sheriff's department authorities, a
41-year-old Appleton man employed by Hattiesburg Paper Co. was killed
last week after falling from
a 30-foot tall scissor lift after it was struck by a forklift being
operated by another employee. A third worker was injured and remains in
stable condition at an area hospital.
The accident occurred Friday morning at the plant, located at 2641 N. Packerland Drive.
The plant was shut down until 6:30 AM, when work resumed. Employee
assistance program respresentatives were brought on site later that day
for employees who wished to meet with counselors and other personnel.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that it
will launch an investigation into the incident. It could take up to six
months before answers can be found due to employee interviews and
equipment evaluations, among other things, they say.
"I'm confident that the investigators are going to do a thorough job to
ensure they look at the entire situation to help prevent this from
happening again," said Scott Allen, a spokesman for the OSHA.