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Ada man critically injured in 22-foot fall at Perrigo

By Curtis Wildfong/The Holland Sentinel • Aug 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

HOLLAND TWP. — A 50-year-old Ada man is in critical condition after falling more than 20 feet down an elevator shaft at a Holland Township business on Thursday morning.

Gerrit Blok, a 30-year employee with Dan Vos Construction out of Ada, suffered a serious head injury and possible broken bones in the fall, said Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. It happened shortly after 8 a.m. at the Perrigo Co. facility at 13295 Reflections Drive.

Fellow employees called 911 and reported Blok was unconscious. They performed CPR until paramedics arrived, according to reports.

Blok was transported first to Holland Hospital and then airlifted by helicopter to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. His injuries are considered life threatening, Ruster said.

Arthur Shannon, vice president of investor relations and global communications for Perrigo, said Blok was a contracted employee. Shannon said the company did not have any additional comment at this time.

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