May 24, 2018
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Man taken to hospital after being burned at Old Town mill

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

OLD TOWN, Maine — A subcontractor working at Old Town Fuel and Fiber was brought to a hospital early Tuesday after an incident at the mill, according to officials.

The man’s name and condition were not released Tuesday night.

Old Town firefighters and a Orono hazmat team were dispatched to the mill at 3 a.m. when it was reported a worker apparently was trapped and had been burned by black liquor, a material used for papermaking, according to Old Town Fire Chief Steve O’Malley. The man’s co-workers managed the extricate him before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters reportedly put the man through decontamination procedures before taking him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration personnel went to the mill to investigate, according to O’Malley.

Correction: A previous version of this story contained errors. The injured worker was a subcontractor, not an employee of Old Town Fuel and Fiber. The extent of his injuries was not reported. The man was trapped at one time but was freed before firefighters arrived at the scene.

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