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OSHA Releases Statement in Advance of Hurricane Michael

Oct 10, 2018

Thank you for your work to assist communities in the path of Hurricane Michael.

Conditions remain hazardous for workers restoring power, and performing cleanup and recovery operations. We want you to stay safe while helping others. OSHA has resources to help employers keep their workers safe after hurricanes and floods.

Recovery efforts after the storm may involve hazards related to restoring electricity and communications, debris removal, repairing damage from water intrusion, roof repair, and tree trimming. Only individuals with proper training, equipment, and experience should conduct recovery and cleanup activities.

Protective measures after a weather disaster should include the following:

  • Evaluating the work area for hazards;
  • Assessing the stability of structures and walking surfaces;
  • Fall protection for elevated surfaces;
  • Assuming all power lines are live;
  • Using chainsaws, portable generators, ladders, and other equipment properly; and
  • Using personal protective equipment, such as gloves, hard hats, hearing and foot protection, and eye protectors.

OSHA maintains a comprehensive website with safety tips to help employers and workers. Individuals involved in response and recovery efforts may call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).