Keeping safe in Hurricane Sandy cleanup

Storm cleanup and recovery is not an emergency, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration reminds employers, after last Wednesday's collapse of a house being repaired after Hurricane Sandy.

Three workers were injured at the house in Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County and OSHA is now trying to figure out why it happened. In the interim, the department has issued a reminder to employers that it is their obligation to create a safe work space. These days, that includes measures to help workers cope with the heat.

Here is a list of the top 10 Sandy-related violations that inspectors in New Jersey have seen since October 2012:

  1. Fall Protection (29CFR 1926.501), duty to have fall protection
  2. Training requirements (29CFR 1926.503), exposure to falls
  3. General Safety and Health Provisions (29CFR 1926.20)
  4. Scaffolding (29CFR 1926.451), general requirements
  5. General Duty Clause (5a1), MUTCD (traffic safety), struck by hazards during tree cutting
  6. Hazard Communication (29CFR 1910.1200)
  7. Training requirements (29CFR 1926.454), hazards of work on scaffolds
  8. Head Protection (29CFR 1926.100)
  9. Excavations (29CFR 1926.651)
  10. Ladders (29CFR 1926.1053),general requirements

Fall protection information is also available in Spanish.