Steel Erection Company Cited for Exposing Employees to Heat Stress Conditions

High Structural Erectors LLC faces nearly $5,000 in fines after worker hospitalized for heat-related illness during bridge reconstruction project

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On Sept. 3, OSHA issued High Structural Erectors LLC, Lancaster, Penn., one general duty clause citation for exposing employees to heat stress conditions.

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OSHA determined that on July 20, 2015, an ironworker was hospitalized after being exposed to excessive heat while performing bridge work in direct sunlight for approximately eight hours. That day, there was a peak heat index of 91°F. The company was cited for allowing employees to work in direct sun in high temperatures without instituting heat-related illness prevention procedures. 

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"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. 

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The inspection site was at the Route 84 East Bridge, between Matamoras, Pennsylvania, and Port Jervis, New York.

High Structural Erectors is facing $4,900 in proposed penalties. The citations can be viewed at: