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Second Michigan worker dies in mill accident

A deadly workplace accident claimed the life of a second victim over the weekend. A 29-year-old Michigan man died in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was being treated for severe injuries including burns after an industrial accident that occurred on July 17.

The first victim, a 47-year-old man, also from Michigan, lost his life the day after the fatal workplace accident. The two men were contractors with an industrial cleaning company that is based in Ontonagon, Michigan.

The accident happened at a packaging plant in Wisconsin where the two men were cleaning a fly ash bin at the factory with high-pressure washers. Fly ash is a byproduct of burning coal and they men were merely using water to clean the bin. However, authorities say the ash ignited, causing the fatal burns.

Coroners in Wisconsin and Minnesota are evaluating the most recent victim's death and local investigators say it could take up to six months to figure out exactly what caused the fly ash to ignite into a deadly fire.

This weekend's death marks the fifth fatality within the same company in four years.

In the aftermath of this event, there are more questions than answers, and it can seem impossible to sort out the financial challenges the victims' families face when dealing with this crushing emotional turmoil. Workers' compensation death benefits provide clear support for families who have lost a loved one on the job, but there may be other people responsible for this tragic work accident. Our fatal Michigan workplace accident attorneys can help you if your family is in a similar situation.

Source: wsaw.com, "Second Person Injured in PCA Incident Dies From Injuries," Diana Normand," July 30, 2012

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