OSHA has cited Komatsu America Corporation in Peoria, Ill. with four safety violations after an employee died following an injury sustained at the truck manufacturing plant in August 2012. Proposed penalties total $82,000.
The worker was injured while testing hydraulic cylinders for leakage. During that process, the hydraulic coupler on the return line of the hoist stand failed and released pressurized hydraulic fluid, which struck the worker. The employee died two days later.
Two repeat violations were cited for failing to develop machine-specific energy control procedures and training to ensure workers understood energy control procedures. Similar violations were cited at the Peoria facility in January 2011.
Two serious violations were also cited for failing to evaluate and correct repeated catastrophic failures of critical machine parts, include authorized employees while conducting annual inspections, document annual inspection reviews of energy control procedures and include each authorized employee in the review.