Caterpillar Receives Second OSHA Citation for Repeat Violation

By WEEK Reporter

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 1:17 PM CDT

Caterpillar faces a second OSHA citation regarding lock out equipment.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued three new safety violations against the East Peoria location for failing to follow procedures of locking out energy sources of equipment. 

Proposed fines add up to $66,000 as a result of the December 2010 incident, in which one employee was injured while attempting to clear a jam on equipment that had not been properly locked. 

A previous violation for a similar incident was given to the facility back in May 2009. 

"Employers have a responsibility to take all necessary safety precautions to protect workers," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria.  "Caterpillar previously had been cited for failing to properly lock out and tag out equipment, which should have made them familiar with OSHA's regulations and requirements."

Caterpillar, Inc. now has 15 business days to comply and request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent OSHA Review Commission. 

Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety may contact OSHA's Peoria office at (309) 589-7033 or visit www.osha.gov for more information.