Two serious citations after heat wave death

by on February 26, 2013 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

A.H. Sturgill Roofing Inc. (Miamisburg, OH) faces $8,820 after a temporary worker succumbed to heat stroke during an August 2012 heat wave.

OSHA, investigating a heat-related fatality, cited the company for two serious citations:

  • not providing measures to guard against heat-related hazards in the workplace (e.g., shade, cool-down breaks, and water), and
  • not training workers to work safely in high heat and to recognize signs/symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

The temp employee was collecting and disposing of construction debris on a large commercial flat roof. The 60-year-old suffered heat stroke during the day and was hospitalized. He died three weeks later at a local hospital.

Take home: Working conditions may expose workers to the full brunt of severe weather, so you’ll need to prepare them to minimize its impact on their health.

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