Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

OSHA outlines snow removal safety guidelines

February 26, 2010

NEW YORK — The U.S. Department of Labor''s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding workers to take care when performing snow removal and recovery work, according to a press release.

Robert Kulick, OSHA''s regional administrator in New York, said: "Cleaning up after a storm encompasses a variety of tasks, each of which can carry risks if performed incorrectly or without proper safeguards. We want people to know what those risks are and what steps they can take to protect themselves against these hazards."

According to the release, some of these hazards include downed power lines, fallen trees or collapsed buildings from the weight of snow, slip-and-fall accidents, hypothermia or frostbite and falls from snow removal on roofs.

To reduce workplace accidents, employees can make sure all electrical equipment is grounded, use caution around roofs with heavy snow, wear eye and body protection, use salt and clear walking surfaces and clearly mark all working zones, the release stated.
Additional information on the hazards of major weather event cleanup is available online in English and Spanish at http://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/hurricaneRecovery.html, the release added.
Click here to read the complete article.