March 2 2019 01:22 PM

The company also failed to report the incident within the required time.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Olin Landscaping, Venice, Florida, for failing to protect employees working in excessive heat, according to an article on

On Aug. 25, 2018, the heat index reached between 97 and 103 degrees causing an employee of Olin Landscaping to succumb to fatal heat-related symptoms while performing lawn maintenance at a residence in Nokomis, Florida.

OSHA cited Olin Landscaping for exposing employees to outdoor heat hazards, failing to protect employees from heat-related illnesses and injuries, and failing to report the workplace fatality to OSHA within eight hours, as required. The company faces $16,102 in penalties.

“This preventable tragedy underscores the requirement that employers take precautions – such as ensuring access to water, rest, and shade – to keep workers safe while working in extreme heat,” said OSHA Tampa Area Office Director Les Grove in the article.

Information on establishing a heat illness prevention program, a video on protecting workers from heat illness and other suggested best practices are available on OSHA's heat illness prevention page.