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Worker dies in crane accident at Mosinee plant (UPDATE)

MOSINEE, Wis. — Officials at an aluminum extractor and fabricator say they are working closely with law-enforcement and investigators following a fatal accident on Tuesday at their company’s Mosinee factory.

Mosinee fire and emergency-medical crews were called at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday to the scene of the incident, which occurred at Crystal Finishing Systems’ Mosinee factory. Kenneth Muelling, Mosinee police chief, said in a news release that Daniel Ollhoff, a 51-year-old resident of Marathon County’s town of Maine, died at the scene.

Crystal Finishing was founded in 1993 and does aluminum extrusion and fabrication as well as coatings. The privately owned company has plants in Mosinee, Schofield and River Falls.

In all, Crystal Finishing employs about 800 workers in its factories; about 160 of them are employed at the Mosinee plant.

Mark Matthiae, president of the Schofield-based manufacturer, said company officials were working closely with law enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to fully understand the cause of the incident.

“We will do everything we can to support our employees, including bringing in outside resources to address any team member concerns,” Matthiae said in a statement on Tuesday. He added that company officials offered their thoughts and prayers to all employees, as well as the victim’s friends and family.

The incident is still under investigation, according to the police department. OSHA officials could not be immediately reached for comment by Wednesday morning.

 – The Associated Press contributed to this story

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