Legal news for New York construction accident attorneys – OSHA alerts workers of the safety hazards associated with snow removal.
Philadelphia, PA (NewYorkInjuryNews.com) – With all the recent snowstorms that have plagued the Northeast coast, the Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) www.osha.gov alerts employees and workers of the dangers and safety hazards of snow removal, and provides tips to avoid harmful accidents.
OSHA’s regional administrator in New York stated “We want people to know what those risks are and what steps they can take to protect themselves against these hazards.” The cleanup after a storm requires a variety of duties, which have risks that go along with them. It is important for employers and workers to take wear correct protective and warm clothing, as well as utilizing correct safety equipment.
There are some common dangers associated with cleaning up after a snowstorm, such as downed power lines, or underground electric equipment that can pose an electric shock hazard for workers. When working on a roof, it is important to be cautious and aware when using ladders and aerial lifts. Workers should be weary of walking under trees that could snap and break with heavy snow or ice accumulations. For workers using gasoline-powered generators, it should be only used in a well-ventilated area to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
OSHA advised workers to take safety precautions in these relevant situations:
• When working around downed power lines, keep your distance to make sure all electrical lines and equipment is grounded.
• Use effective fall protection on roofs and ladders
• Be cautious around areas with excessive amounts of snow
• Make sure power tools and electrical equipment is unplugged before cleaning it.
• Use protective eye, face and body gear.
• Clear all walking surfaces of snow and ice
• Clearly mark all work zones for motor vehicles
• Wear reflective apparel