NORFOLK(AP) -- Federal authorities have cited two Virginia companies after a worker died from excessive heat while cleaning debris on the deck of the USS Nitze in Norfolk in July.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations ship repair company B R Flowers & Co. Inc. in Hampton and Tidewater Staffing Inc. in Portsmouth on Thursday.
The agency says the companies were cited for failing to develop and implement procedures for protecting workers while working outside during extreme temperature conditions.
Each company faces proposed fines of $7,000, which is the maximum penalty permitted for a serious violation.
The companies can appeal the findings. No one answered the phone at B R Flowers & Co., and a phone message left with Tidewater Staffing was not immediately returned.