OSHA issued one general duty clause to High Structural Engineers LLC for exposing employees to heat stress situations. Proposed penalties to be paid by the company total $4,900.
An OSHA investigation discovered that an ironworker, who was hospitalized after being exposed to excessive heat, performed bridge work in direct sunlight for eight hours when there was peak heat index of 91 degrees Fahrenheit.
"In summer temperatures, construction workers face an increased risk of heat-related illness and death. Heat stress can be reduced significantly by establishing a heat illness prevention program for outdoor workers," said Mark Stelmack, OSHA's area director in Wilkes-Barre.