Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Wausau Paper Cuts Down Safety Risks at MillsSubmitted: 05/16/2013
Story By Kailey Burton


Photos By Kailey Burton

RHINELANDER - In some jobs the biggest safety risk you run is a papercut... At the mill where they make paper though, the risks are a bit higher.

The Wausau Paper Mill in Rhinelander runs enormous pieces of machinery, 24 hours a day. It's hot, and it's loud, but it doesn't have to be dangerous. Since implementing a new safety program 3 years ago, injuries at the mill are down dramatically.

"In 2012, the corporation finished their best year with the TIR, total indident rate of 2.0.... That essentially says that in every 100 employes, 1.4 will have an injury at this point in the year," said Paul Winter, Safety Improvement Manager for the company.

With fast moving machinery weighing several tons, and rolls of paper weighing thousands of pounds, there IS potential for life threatening injuries at the mill. But thanks to good safety rules, those are extremely rare.

"With the type of work that we do at Wausau paper, we experience a lot of strain and sprain type injuries. People have to push rolls, move heavy equipmentÖ" says Winter.

Tonight at a meeting of the Northwoods Manufacturers Alliance, Wausau Paper shared some of their tips for safety success with other industry professionals.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

VILAS COUNTY - Wisconsin's recount of the presidential election began four days ago. Forest, Iron, and Price counties sped through their recount and are among six counties in the state already done. 
 
But some Northwoods counties only started their recount Monday. Vilas County is one of them. 

+ Read More

TOMAH - A dentist has resigned from his position at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs hospital amid accusations he treated hundreds of patients with improperly cleaned equipment.

The VA hospital in Tomah, Wisconsin, announced the dentist's resignation Friday, ahead of a scheduled Monday meeting of a panel used in situations that could warrant firing.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Oneida County Judge Patrick O'Melia will add a new role as Deputy Chief Judge in our northern Wisconsin judicial district.

O'Melia is one of two Oneida County Circuit Court Judges.

Marathon County Judge Gregory Huber serves as Chief Judge in the Ninth Judicial Administrative District. O'Melia will become his deputy.

The judicial district includes 12 counties in northcentral Wisconsin. O'Melia will likely represent the Chief Judge in some official functions or dealings with other agencies.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - The Crescent Fire Department spent years trying to find a good place for a town pavilion. It turns out the best spot was right in its own backyard.

+ Read More

Play Video

FLORENCE COUNTY - Federal investigators will interview employees at a Florence County sawmill in the near future.

They'll try to piece together what happened in the death of John Chitko at the Chitko Brothers Mill in Tipler last month.

The Appleton office of OSHA is in charge of the investigation. It could propose fining the company if it finds safety violations. If so, those fines would have to be imposed within six months.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINCOQUA - What's the holiday season without some Christmas carols?

The third Annual Carols in the Commons at Lakeland Union High School brought together hundreds of people together Monday night.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - It seems to happen every winter. The first few snowfalls of the year trigger slides, slips, and rollovers as drivers readjust to winter driving conditions. 

On Monday, a driver swerved near Rhinelander and rolled over by Highway 17, according to an officer on the scene. 

Oneida County Patrol Captain Lloyd Gauthier wants to remind drivers to be extra cautious this winter.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here