A roofing employee's work-related heatstroke lead to his death after his work conditions exposed him to severe heat in the summer of 2012. Now, as 2013 begins, a federal investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has started uncovering violations made by the negligent employer.
This is not the first time workers' compensation issues have surfaced for the roofing company AH Sturgill Roofing, a top installer of roofing systems with decades of experience. Six years before the latest worker death incident, an employee of Sturgill Roofing was injured on a job site allegedly due to another contractor's negligence. The contractor had cut a hole in a roof through which the employee fell and was severely injured.
In the most recent injured worker death, the employee, aged 60, spent a hot summer day throwing rubber off of a roof without adequate breaks in the shade and water supply. He was hospitalized and passed away three weeks after excessive heat exposure. No reports have been made of the workers' family coming forward to pursue a wrongful death claim through workers' compensation, however they would be entitled to burial costs, lost wages and additional compensation. Sturgill Roofing has been found in violation of not providing a heat-response safety plan and for not educating workers on the symptoms and prevention measures of heat-related illnesses.
Employers have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment. If you are concerned about your workplace's safety and have suffered an illness or injury as a result of your employer's negligence. Learn how to file a North Carolina workers' compensation claim here, or contact our Raleigh workers' comp lawyers here if you need help with your injury case.