Six Preventive Measures After a Weather Disaster [Photo Gallery]

Oct. 15, 2018
What should employers do following Hurricane Michael? OSHA provided recommendations.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach, Fla., completely devastating the Florida Panhandle as it began its trek north.

Rainfall, flash flooding and tornadoes were reported as a result of the category 4 storm. Now, businesses, residents and families are working to clean up the mess left behind.

"Employers and employees must be aware and trained to deal with the hazards involved in storm cleanup," said OSHA Regional Administrator Kurt Petermeyer. "The risk of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities can be minimized with knowledge, safe work practices, and appropriate personal protective equipment."

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, OSHA says.

Click through the slideshow to see what recommendations OSHA provides post hurricane and other weather disasters.

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