4th worker dies after Wisconsin mill explosion

Cheryl Sanders
June 7, 2017

An explosion and fire on May 31 at the Didion Milling corn mill and ethanol plant in Cambria, Wisconsin, killed three workers and injured 13.

"We report with heavy hearts that early this morning, Mr. Angel Reyes, 46, passed away at UW Hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the incident last week".

" Angel was a pack operator at Didion and will be greatly missed", officials stated.

"With the assistance of the local fire department and Columbia County sheriff, the body of Pawel Tordoff was recovered Sunday afternoon", the company said in a statement.


"We told everybody you might have to wear a different hat for a period of time, but that's part of it", Didion says.

Didion Vice President of Operations Derrick Clark said 11 of the 16 employees working at the mill at the time were taken to hospitals.

Early Thursday morning, the body of mill operator Duelle Block, 27, of Fox Lake, was recovered, with many in the community informed by a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for Block's daughter, created within hours of the accident.

Based in Johnson Creek, Didion Milling employs more than 200 people at multiple facilities around southern Wisconsin.


The plant was reprimanded by federal safety inspectors in 2011 for not taking precautions against dust explosions, which are a major hazard in handling grain, according to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration records. A lot of them work at the Cambria corn mill plant.

The corn milling plant was destroyed.

Didion was instructed to fix the cited problems by April, 2011 and OSHA closed the case in September 2013 after the company paid a fine of $3,465.

In 1997, the grain-merchandising operation in Johnson Creek was sold, allowing Didion Milling to focus exclusively on the milling operation in Cambria. It expanded two hears later.


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