Caterpillar Logistics Services Receives OSHA Citation

By WEEK Reporter

Caterpillar Logistics Services Receives OSHA Citation

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 1:15 PM CDT

A decision by an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission says Caterpillar will receive a citation for not recording an employee's musculoskeletal disorder.

An investigation showed the work-related disorder failed to be documented in the company's OSHA 300 log, resulting in a fine of $900.

"Musculoskeletal disorders are very prevalent and are significant workplace injuries and illnesses," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels.  "It is imperative that these types of work-related illnesses are logged appropriately."

Caterpillar says it did not note the illness, since it felt the employee's epicondylitis was not work-related.

However, Administrative Law Judge Patrick Augustine says evidence determined that the employee's work activities were a contributing cause to the epicondylitis.

This marks the first decision to address whether a musculoskeletal disorder is work-related under a 2001-revised OSHA measure.