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OSHA Urges Storm Recovery Workers to Guard Against Hazards

OSHA LogoAs the country starts to engage in cleanup activities from the recent storms and tornados that gripped the nation, OSHA is reminding workers and volunteers engaged in cleanup to be aware of the hazards they can encounter, and to remain safe in their duties.

“Emergency response should not put you in the hospital emergency room,” said Cindy Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta. “Storm recovery work encompasses a wide range of safety and health hazards, which can be minimized by knowledge, safe work practices and personal protective equipment.”

Possible hazards include:

  • illness from exposure to contaminated water or food
  • exposure or heat stress
  • downed electrical wires
  • carbon monoxide
  • electrical hazards from portable generators
  • fall and struck-by hazards from tree-trimming or working at heights
  • being caught in unprotected excavations or confined spaces
  • burns
  • lacerations
  • musculoskeletal injuries
  • being struck by traffic or heavy equipment
  • drowning from being caught in moving water or while removing water from flooded structures

For more information visit OSHA’s Flood and Tornado Recovery site for tips in keeping workers and volunteer’s safe during cleanup and recovery.

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