911 calls: Hear workers after catastrophic machinery failure

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SAUKVILLE (WITI) -- A catastrophic failure of machinery at Johnson Brass and Machine Foundry sent workers scrambling on Monday, May 19th. Now, we're hearing the 911 calls that followed that accident.

Multiple calls for help sent first responders rushing to the scene.

  • DISPATCHER: Ozaukee 911, where is your emergency?
  • CALLER:¬†We got an emergency on 270 North Mill Street, Saukville, Wisconsin. Johnson Brass."



  • CALLER: A machine blew up and we got a bunch of guys down.
  • DISPATCHER: Okay, how many? At least three that I know of, three to four.


  • CALLER: We've just had an explosion in the foundry. Can you get somebody over here please?
  • DISPATCHER: Is there an active fire?
  • CALLER: I can't tell there's too much smoke right now.


FOX6 News is told multiple reports of a machine blowing up or an explosion are not quite accurate. In a statement, the company's president writes," Instead, a machine malfunctioned spraying liquid metal around the plant floor, striking workers in their legs and backs."

Eight were injured. Four remain in the burn unit at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee. They were transported by the emergency workers who scrambled to the scene.

The company president indicated he planned to visit the hospitalized workers. He says Johnson Brass is fully cooperating with all local and federal officials investigating what happened.

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