Bloomberg Law
March 1, 2019, 4:07 PMUpdated: March 1, 2019, 8:54 PM

Worker Heat Death Citations Reversed by Review Commission (1)

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission overturned by a 2-1 vote OSHA citations against an Ohio roofing company for the heat-related death of a worker in 2012.

The Feb. 28 decision could serve as a warning that the commission in future cases will reject the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s broad use of the general duty clause to cite employers when a specific rule doesn’t cover a hazard.

The general duty clause, part of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requires employers to provide workplaces free from known hazards that can be feasibly abated.

Commission Chairman Heather MacDougall and ...

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