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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 equipment…" 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.


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