Tank Explosion Kills 3 at Tomahawk, WI Mill
July 30, 2008 - Packaging Corporation of America said that on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at approximately 1:30 pm CDT, an explosion occurred in a recycled fiber storage tank at its Tomahawk, Wisconsin paper mill which resulted in three fatalities. The three individuals were employees who were doing maintenance work on top of the tank when the explosion occurred. A fourth employee, who was standing on a platform at a lower level of the tank was injured.
According to a local news report, Ron Zimmerman, human resources manager, indicated that all four were males; one who was a newer employee and three who had been there longer than five years. Zimmerman, who said he knew the employees and was obviously shaken personally, said other mill employees were "hit hard, very hard," by the seriousness of the accident. He said the mill, which employs about 425 people, was in the process of shutting down.
The exact cause of the explosion is not known and is under investigation, PCA said.
Names of the deceased and injured employees have not been released pending notification to their families.
SOURCE: PCA and Tomahawk Leader (Internet edition)