A worker died after an industrial incident at Progress Rail in McCook, IL, last week.
Matt Barr, 37, an employee of North Mankato, MN-based Kato Engineering, was working at Progress Rail on Tuesday morning when he was struck by a machine part, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is now investigating the case.
“Our investigation could take up to six months, based on the statute of limitations. It doesn’t mean it will take that long,” said Kathy Webb, the area OSHA director. “We’re trying to find out the cause. Sometimes we’re able to find out, sometimes we’re not. We’ll look to see if the employer was in compliance with OSHA regulations. If not, they get citations.”
The incident occurred at Progress Rail, 9301 W. 55th St., which is near La Grange village limits.
McCook Fire Chief Joseph Myrick said his department’s paramedics responded to the incident and after they pulled the victim out and rushed him to the hospital, he later died at Loyola Medical Center.
Barr started working for Kato Engineering in 2011, was laid off in 2016 and returned a year later, according to a story in the Mankato Free Press. While he was laid off, Barr did construction work. He said he was glad to be back at Kato, according to the report.
In 2017, his job at Kato was stacking rotors with laminates, the Free Press said. Progress Rail and Kato Engineering couldn’t be reached for immediate comment.