OSHA providing onsite compliance assistance for Texas tornado recovery

April 11, 2012

Dallas – OSHA officials were sent onsite to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to provide compliance assistance to employers and recovery workers helping in cleanup efforts following more than a dozen tornadoes.

Sixteen tornadoes were confirmed from the April 3 storm, many of which cut miles-long paths through the area, sweeping through multiple towns and communities, according to the National Weather Service.

“Our main concern is the safety of the workers conducting cleanup activities,” said John Hermanson, the OSHA regional administrator in Dallas. “Workers are exposed to a wide array of hazards during storm recovery efforts that can be minimized by knowledge, safe work practices and the use of personal protective equipment.”

According to OSHA, hazards encountered by workers during cleanup efforts include:

  • Contaminated food
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Downed electrical wires
  • Falls and struck-bys
  • Lacerations
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

Education materials covering safe work practices and appropriate PPE for tornado recovery efforts can be found on the agency’s website.