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Worker killed in Chippewa Falls concrete accident (UPDATE)

By Joe Lanane

Investigators with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration were on scene Wednesday of a fatal construction accident in Chippewa Falls.

A construction worker died Monday from injuries sustained during concrete work at a sand plant.

Kevin Kadrlik, 36, of Marshfield, was standing atop a 12-foot-tall cement wall when it collapsed and fell, said Katherine Gerrits, Chippewa County coroner. Gerrits said the worker landed underneath the debris, suffering life-ending compression injuries to his chest and head.

The accident took place at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, and Gerrits said Kadrlik was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital by 5 p.m.

Gerrits said she did not know what caused the wall to collapse, but did say it was snowing “quite hard” at the time of the accident.

Three other workers were also injured, she said, two of whom have since been released from the hospital.

Kadrlik worked for Lewis Construction Inc., Schofield, a concrete subcontractor employed by the plant’s owner, Houston-based EOG Resources Inc. Both companies did not immediately return phone calls.

Mark Hysell, northwest Wisconsin area director for OSHA, said his office sent inspectors to the site Wednesday to investigate the accident.

So far, he said it is too soon to speculate what caused the wall to collapse during the routine pavement work.

“We’re still looking for the cause of whatever failure occurred,” Hysell said, “but it ultimately is the employers’ responsibility for protecting employees.”

Kadrlik is survived by his wife, Romy; children, Alaine and Jacob; and parents, Ed and Roberta. His visitation will be held at Rembs/Kundinger Funeral Home in Marshfield on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. with funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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  1. i never met kevin but he is my father in laws brother(micheal kadrlik) our thoughts and prayers go out to micheal and his family may you rest in peace kevin and may god watch over your kids for all eternity……….

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