SOUTH MILWAUKEE — An
appeals court says Caterpillar must allow a union
investigator access to its South Milwaukee plant to look
into a fatal accident four years ago.
The 7th Circuit Court of
Appeals says the union's right to represent its employees
outweighs Caterpillar's interest in protecting its
property. A crane operator was killed at the plant in 2011
when a piece of equipment crushed him.
Police and federal
investigators were given access to the plant, as well as
local representatives of the United Steelworkers union.
But, the mining company refused to allow the union's
national accident investigator on site, saying the
accident was being handled by police and the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration.
The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1LeAMC1
) reports Caterpillar says it's disappointed with the
court's decision, but will comply with it.