OSHA highlights tornado preparedness and response guidelines in wake of deadly outbreak

In response to the deadly outbreak of tornadoes that swept across the United States last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has highlighted its Tornado Preparedness and Response sheet, which outlines the hazards workers may face in the recovery effort.

On Monday, March 5, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began surveying the damage, starting in the town of Harrisburg, Illinois, where six people were killed and 100 others were injured, according to The Associated Press.

The storm also inflicted major damage in towns across the Midwest and South, and has been blamed for 39 deaths.

As the cleanup effort continues, OSHA reminds employers of their responsibilities, which include providing a safe and healthful workplace and supplying proper safety products.

Potential hazards in the recovery effort include slips and falls, falling objects, electrical hazards, and falls from heights. Identify hazards before beginning recovery work and protect workers with the appropriate personal protective equipment, including hard hats, puncture-resistant work gloves, protective and high visibility clothing, and safety footwear. 

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