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OSHA faults contractors for December 2021 fatal fall at Mapleton Caterpillar foundry

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FILE - This Jan. 26, 2010 file photo shows Caterpillar equipment available at the Ziegler CAT dealer, in Altoona, Iowa. Caterpillar on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 said it is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets that it serves. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is citing two contractors for the December 2021 death of an electrician at Caterpillar's Mapleton foundry.

Scott Adams, 50, of East Peoria died when he fell 24 feet through a hole in the floor while working on a bid to move an electrical junction box as part of a skip hoist construction project.

OSHA found lead contractor Illinois Crane, Inc. didn't use fall arrest systems, adequate floor hole covers, or guardrails to protect workers. The company faces a fine of more than $87,000.

Schaefer Electric of Peoria faces a fine of more than $10,000 for failing to inspect the job site for hazards, and to train workers to recognize fall hazards.

OSHA area director Barry Salerno says using required fall prevention could have prevented Adams' death.

The agency is also currently investigating the death of 39-year-old Steven Dierkes of Peoria at the Mapleton foundry earlier this month, after he fell into a crucible filled with molten metal.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.