OSHA Reminds Employers and Workers of Snow Removal Risks
Updated: Aug 30
This winter season seems to be hitting us left and right with snowstorms! With the accumulation levels and frequency increasing it is important for workers and employees to consider the hazards of improper snow removal. OSHA has a number of reminders on how you can stay safe.
“Cleaning up after a storm encompasses a variety of tasks, each of which can carry risks if performed incorrectly or without proper safeguards,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA‘s regional administrator in New York. “We want people to know what those risks are and what steps they can take to protect themselves against these hazards.”
According to Kulick common injuries include, electric shock from contact with downed power lines or the use of ungrounded electrical equipment; falls from snow removal on roofs or while working in aerial lifts or on ladders; being struck or crushed by trees, branches or structures that collapse under the weight of accumulated snow; carbon monoxide poisoning from gasoline-powered generators in inadequately ventilated areas or idling vehicles; lacerations or amputations from unguarded or improperly operated chain saws and power tools, and improperly attempting to clear jams in snow blowers; slips or falls on icy or snow-covered walking surfaces; being struck by motor vehicles while working in roadways; hypothermia or frostbite from exposure to cold temperatures; etc.
Each of these injuries are preventable with the proper planning and education. To ensure your company is doing everything it can to keep its employees safe during this winter season click here or complete the contact form below to learn more about OSHA compliance.