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Walker fall is 4th workplace fatality since June 16
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WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Kentwood man who fell to his death Wednesday at a Walker industrial plant is the fourth on-the-job fatality in West Michigan since mid-June.

Walker Police responded to Profile Industrial Packaging, 1990 Avastar Parkway NW, about 9:50 a.m. on a report that a worker suffered critical injuries in a fall. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The death comes one day after 57-year-old Wanda Jean Holbrook of Grand Rapids died in an industrial accident at Ventra Ionia Main ā€“ the former American Bumper & Manufacturing Co. in Ionia.

Holbrook was trapped in robotic machinery at Ventra, 14 N. Beardsley St. at 2:20 p.m. Co-workers pulled her from the machine but she was pronounced dead at the scene. Holbrook worked there for 12 years in the maintenance department.

The facility once housed American Bumper, where two workers were fatally crushed in a press in 1991.

Walker police were not releasing the name of the victim in Wednesday's accident and referred calls to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), which is investigating.

Profile Industrial Packaging last October announced plans to move operations to the Avastar Parkway site, part of a $26 million expansion. The industrial park on Alpine north of Ann Street NW is the former of Lear Corp., which ceased operations in 2005.

Michigan this year has recorded 14 workplace fatalities, including four in West Michigan since mid-June.

On June 16, 40-year-old Dale Berkompas of Dorr was killed in an electrical accident while working at Brink Truck Lines near Holland.

Less than two weeks later, a 30-year-old employee of Bosveld, Inc. construction died at King Milling in Lowell while power-washing a silo roof. Jared Looyenga, of Grand Rapids, fell 60 feet after the raised platform he was working from struck a power line.

Michigan last year recorded 37 workplace fatalities.


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