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S.C. OSHA Issues Alert on Dangers Associated with Hurricane Cleanup
The S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Office of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) urges employers and workers to take appropriate safety measures to avoid injury and illnesses associated with the recovery and cleanup efforts after a hurricane.
There is a potential for fatal accidents involving electrocution from downed power lines and serious injuries associated with tree trimming. Workers and the public should ensure that they observe appropriate safety and health precautions while performing cleanup and utility restoration operations.
This includes coordinating with control centers responsible for power circuits so that workers do not enter areas where there are live wires.
Information on avoiding hazards and safely cleaning up after a hurricane is available from Federal OSHA to help workers who are involved in recovery and restoration efforts.
For more information on safety after a hurricane, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/repair.html.