OSHA cites company 5 months after man falls to death in Addison

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A company has been cited by a federal workplace agency five months after one of its workers fell to his death while on the job in west suburban Addison earlier this year.

The 42-year-old worker was dismantling equipment at a United Parcel Service facility at 100 S. Lombard Rd. in Addison when he fell about 22 feet on Feb. 9, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Matt Cienkus of Lansing was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy found he died of multiple injuries suffered in the fall, and his death was ruled an accident.

Cienkus was an employee of Material Handling Systems/MHS Technical, which removes and installs high-speed conveyor systems. The company was working with UPS to dismantle existing conveyor systems and install new, high-speed conveyors at the Addison facility, according to a statement from OSHA.

In October 2015, four months before Cienkus’ death, the company was cited for fall protection violations at the same jobsite.

Material Handling Systems was cited Jan. 29 for three egregious willful violations for exposing workers to falls over six feet, three repeated and three serious violations, according to OSHA.

The company, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky, faces $320,4000 in proposed penalties.

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