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Inspection: 1468644.015 - Kato Engineering Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Calumet City

Nr: 1468644.015Report ID: 0521700Open Date: 03/10/2020

Kato Engineering Inc.
9301 W. 55th St.
Mc Cook, IL 60525
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 335312/Motor and Generator Manufacturing
Mailing: 2075 Howard Dr. West, North Mankato, MN 56003

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/10/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $13,494 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,494
Current Penalty $13,494 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,494
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 06/16/2020 07/13/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 07/10/2020 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 124708.015Event: 03/10/2020Employee Is Killed When Struck By Floating Ball
At approximately 9:46 a.m on March 10, 2020, an employee was using a horizontal double-acting hydraulic ram with a piston (Enerpac Model Number RR-1006) to remove the hub unit at the drive end of a locomotive alternator/generator (Kato Engineering Model Number AA2907300), powered by an electric hydraulic pump (Enerpac Model Number PER-2222). Only one end of the double-acting cylinder had a hose hooked up to it, which was the hydraulic fluid supply coupling. The other coupling, which was used for the removal of hydraulic fluid in the cylinder to return to the pump, did not have a hose attached to it. Additionally, there was a plug installed where the relief valve was supposed to be placed. The employee was on the west side of the hydraulic ram, providing hydraulic pressure to the ram cylinder with a remote switch. A ball that was discharged from the ram attachment and struck the employee in the face and neck. The employee was killed.
Keywords: struck by, hydraulic tool, neck, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1468644.015 Fatality Other Engineering technicians, n.e.c.

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