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Tips from OSHA to stay safe during the cleanup
Now that you've survived the storm, federal workplace safety officials want to make sure that you survive the cleanup.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said cleanup and restoration provides inherent hazards. They include:
• Illness from exposure to contaminated water or food.
• Exposure to the elements and heat stress.
• Downed electrical wires.
• Carbon monoxide and 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, and musculoskeletal injuries.
• Being struck by traffic or heavy equipment.
• Drowning from being caught in moving water or while removing water from flooded structures.
"Recovery work should not put you in the recovery room," said Marthe Kent, OSHA's New England regional administrator. Hazards can be minimized by knowledge of safe work practices and personal protective equipment.
Information is available at www.osha.gov/dts/weather/hurricane/index.html
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