Brown County Sheriff's department authorities report that 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 hit by a forklift operated by another employee. A third worker was also injured but is in stable condition at an area hospital.
The incident took place on Friday morning at the plant, located at 2641 N. Packerland Drive.
The plant was shut down until 6:30 AM, but work resumed after that. Employee assistance program respresentatives were brought to the scene later that day for those who wished to meet with counselors and other personnel.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it intends to launch an investigation. It could take up to six months before answers are found, however, due to employee interviews and equipment evaluations.
"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.