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June 14, 2001
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Fire, Pepper Spray - What Next?

Who better to preach safety in the workplace than "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin?

Six weeks into the Australian Outback version of the show, Skupin fell into a fire and suffered second-degree burns, forcing him to drop out.

So he seemed like the perfect celebrity draw for the fifth-annual WorkSAFE week, held in Columbia, Mo., by Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance.

Problem was, Skupin also drew an animal-rights protester, who decided to get back at him for killing a pig on "Survivor" by pepper-spraying him in the face, repeatedly. The protester, who also sprayed two children in the attack, was arrested.

Skupin joked afterward that he had suffered his "second workplace injury."

"The message of workplace safety has new meaning in my life after today," he said.

WorkSAFE organizers held their own "Survivor Challenge," asking two five-member teams to navigate an obstacle course and answer questions related to workplace safety. Contestants who answered questions incorrectly were forced to eat candy bugs as tribal drums beat and tiki torches lit up the stage.

Source: Digital Missourian.

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