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Plant worker remains in critical condition after workplace injury

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A worker at a Tomahawk packaging plant remained in critical condition at last word, after a boiler flared back at him on Tuesday.

53-year-old Mike Slesicki is at the UW Hospital’s Burn Center in Madison. He was hurt at a Packaging Corporation of America plant which makes container board and corrugated packaging materials.

Company spokesman Dave Blank said Slesicki was re-igniting a coal and bark fired boiler that was down for maintenance. And he was using standard operating procedures when the unit flared back at him.

Slesicki has worked at the Tomahawk plant for 9 years.

The facility is the same one where 5 people were killed in a pair of industrial mishaps since 2008.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the latest incident. Officials say the probe should take about six months. 

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