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Agency cites Contractor, Says Workers Exposed to Heat

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  The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Charleston roofing contractor for exposing workers to excessive heat.

The agency said Monday that one employee of Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. was hospitalized for a heat-related illness on Sept. 11 while the company was removing tile roofing from Building 3 at the Capitol Complex.

The agency says in a news release that the employee worked outdoors in direct sunlight for five hours. The peak heat index was 90 degrees.

Tri-State received one general duty clause citation for exposing workers to heat stress conditions. The federal agency also issued a serious citation for electrical hazards.

The agency proposed $6,552 in penalties.

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