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Federal officials investigate accident at Lincoln County packaging plant

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TOMAHAWK, WI (WTAQ) - Federal officials are investigating an accident at a corrugated packaging plant near Tomahawk where five people were killed in a pair of other mishaps in the last five years.

Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies said a worker was severely burned yesterday at the Packaging Corporation of America. The victim was first taken to a local hospital before being flown to UW Hospital in Madison.

There was no immediate word on the worker’s condition, and officials have not said how the mishap occurred.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it has launched an investigation into Tuesday’s incident – and it could take up to six months to complete its probe.

Two contractors from Ontonagon Michigan died from burns suffered at the PCA Tomahawk plant last July. And 3 workers were killed in 2008 when sparks ignited a storage tank with flammable gas.