Recovery workers and volunteers urged to stay safe in areas affected by Harvey

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OSHA is urging recovery workers to stay safe in areas affected by the catastrophic storm Harvey.

Workers and volunteers helping victims in Texas and Louisiana are reminded to take proper safety and health precautions to avoid injury.

Recovery and cleanup workers face several hazards following a natural disaster including downed power lines, carbon monoxide and electrical hazards from portable generators, confined spaces, fall and struck-by hazards from weakened and damaged trees, mold, high water levels, toxic chemical exposure among others.

OSHA offers several resources to assist employers in keeping their workers safe during cleanup and recovery works. More information is available on the Department of Labor’s Hurricane Recovery Assistance webpage.