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.