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OSHA Provides Assistance to Protect Workers During Tornado Recovery Efforts in Texas

OSHA's compliance assistance specialists and other staff provided safety and health guidance to employers, workers, and the public following tornadoes that hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area on April 3, 2012. OSHA staff educated workers and member of the public about the hazards of tornado cleanup activities and the steps they should take to stay safe and healthy. Hazards involved in cleanup work may include illness from exposure to contaminated water or food, heat exhaustion, downed electrical wires, carbon monoxide poisoning and electrical shocks from portable generators, fall and struck-by dangers from tree-trimming or working at heights, being caught in unprotected excavations or confined spaces, burns, lacerations, musculoskeletal injuries, exposure to dangerous materials, and being struck by traffic or heavy equipment.

"The safety of workers and the public is what's at stake here," said Stephen Boyd, OSHA's Area Director in Dallas. "We are trying to prevent further injuries from the devastation left behind by the tornadoes."

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As of May 2012.

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