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Worker’s heat-related death leads to OSHA fine

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

OSHA has slapped a Mount Pleasant company with two citations for serious safety violations after one of its employees died of heat stroke.

OSHA cited Symmetry Turf Install­­ations for failing to protect ­employees working in excessive heat. The citations followed an investigation into a forklift operator’s death, which occurred while the company was re­­surfacing the University of Arkansas’ football practice field in Fayetteville.

OSHA cited the company for failing to train workers to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness and for not training them on precautions to take when working in hot conditions. OSHA proposed fines totaling $5,040.

Note: For information about identifying the warning signs of heat stroke, see OSHA's advice on heat illness prevention.

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