Ohio Company Contests Citations After Worker Dies

Feb 1, 2013

An Ohio roofing company is contesting two safety citations issued by federal workplace overseers who said a worker died from heat stroke complications.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said A.H. Sturgill Roofing of Dayton failed to provide a program addressing heat-related hazards and to train workers to recognize heat-related illness symptoms. 

Sturgill said Thursday it is contesting citations for alleged violations related to a temporary worker possibly being overcome by heat stroke at a Miamisburg work site.

Sturgill says it has a comprehensive safety program and the temperature was 82 degrees that day.

OSHA says the 60-year-old worker had heat stroke working in direct sunlight on a flat commercial roof in the Dayton suburb and was hospitalized Aug. 1, dying Aug. 22.

OSHA is proposing an $8,800 fine.