Court says Caterpillar must grant union investigator access

October 7, 2015


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 ( ) reports Caterpillar says it's disappointed with the court's decision, but will comply with it.


Associated Press