Thursday, May 17, 2018

Sappi Paper mill worker Ryan Martin, 53, died at the Cloquet, MN paper mill.


Sappi Paper and authorities are investigating the death of an employee at the Cloquet paper mill.

Sappi Limited, originally incorporated as South African Pulp and Paper Industries Limited in 1936, is a South African pulp and paper company with global operations.

Police say officers and firefighters responded to the mill just before 5 p.m. Tuesday and found a 53-year-old man who had died. A company spokesperson identified the man as Ryan Martin. He was a millwrite at the Sappi plant.

Corporate Communications Manager Olga Karagiannis said the company is "shocked and saddened" by the death. She said authorities are working with Sappi to understand the cause of death.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Martin’s family and friends," she said.

Police said the medical examiner's office is investigating the cause of Martin's death.

In 2003, a worker died at the plant when a machine cycled while he was troubleshooting a mechanical problem. Sappi paid $50,000 as part of a settlement with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following that incident.