Komatsu fined $82,000 for violations in worker's death

By WEEK Reporter

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 11:17 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced Thursday that they are fining Komatsu $82,000 for safety violations connected to the death of a worker.

Stanley Musgrave Jr., 53, of Norwood died Aug. 24, 2012, two days after suffering serious injuries on the job. The OSHA report says that he was struck by pressurized hydraulic fluid.

Komatsu was hit with four separate violations, two of them serious. OSHA defines a serious violation as there being a "substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known".

The violations include the company's alleged failure to fix catastrophic failures in machinery.

Komatsu has 15 days from receiving the violation to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the finding before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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