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OSHA Boosts Heat Hazard Enforcement Despite Court Setback

Feb. 3, 2020, 1:01 PM

The federal government’s workplace safety agency isn’t backing down from citing employers for hot-weather hazards after a court defeat a year ago.

OSHA inspectors increased the number of heat-related general duty clause citations they issued this year, despite a Feb. 28, 2019, decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission rejecting a citation for the death of an Ohio roofing worker.

Charlie Morgan, a partner at Alston & Bird LLP’s Atlanta office, said he hasn’t seen a pullback from enforcing its heat limits and other standards. “I certainly have seen no slowdown,” he said.

The Occupational Safety and ...