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Wisconsin man suffers work injury

When employees start the day at their place of employment, it is usually expected that they provided with a safe work environment. This is not always the case and some workers are at risk of danger by simply showing up for work, leaving them susceptible to work injury. It's important for Wisconsin employers to provide their workers with a safe place to work and eliminate hazardous situations.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stepped in after a worker sustained severe burn injuries while on the job. The incident took place while the man was attempting to light a steam boiler in a paper mill. According to OSHA, the employee should have been provided with adequate safety equipment and the employer should have prevented the ignition of flammable vapors.

The employer was issued a $185,000 fine for the burn incident. This is not the first time that a worker has been burned at this place of employment. Three workers were killed five years ago in a work related explosion. Two workers died after being burned in the last year. Accidents can happen at work or any place else in Wisconsin, but it is inexcusable when the employer fails to provide a safe workplace.

The man who was burned is likely entitled to receive worker's compensation benefits in regard to the accident. The man will surely incur significant medical expenses related to the work injury related to his work injury and may not be able to work. He may also face other financial burdens related to the incident and these state regulated insurance benefits are designed to ease the financial aspects of suffering an on-the-job injury.

Source:, Company fined for injury at Tomahawk plant, No author, Sept. 5, 2013

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