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Employee injured at Morton Caterpillar facility

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MORTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A Caterpillar electrician was hospitalized early Wednesday after an accident at the Morton Caterpillar facility.

Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley said his department responded to the facility around 4:50 a.m. 

"On November 1, 2017, a Caterpillar electrician was injured while working at our Morton, IL facility.  Employee safety is of utmost importance to Caterpillar and we are in close contact with those involved. We have been notified the employee has been taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center for treatment," said Caterpillar spokesperson Janice Walters in an e-mailed statement. 

The condition of the employee is not known. Kelley said the accident involved a piece of equipment, but more specific details were not available. 

An official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Peoria said the agency has not yet been notified of the accident as of 1 p.m. However, an employer has up to 24 hours to notify OSHA in the event of a workplace accident requiring hospitalization. 

Correction: An earlier version of this article said the accident happened Tuesday. It occurred Wednesday. We apologize for the error. 

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