Agency Cites Paper Mill's Operator After Worker's Death

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Wisconsin paper mill's operator for safety violations after a worker's death.

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LADYSMITH, Wis. (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Wisconsin paper mill's operator for safety violations after a worker's death.

The Journal Sentinel reported Monday that agency staff have proposed $119,000 in fines from a subsidiary of Clearwater PaperCorp., which owns the plant in Ladysmith. The agency said that in October, a 46-year-old machine operator was fatally hurt when servicing a high-speed conveyor belt.

Mark Hysell, the agency's area director in Eau Claire, said in a statement that the man's death "is tragic and was preventable."

Company spokesman Matt Van Vleet says Clearwater will meet with agency officials to talk about possible resolution of citations. He says the company is dedicated to safety and takes issue with how the agency describes the safety violations as repeated and willful.

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