OSHA warns employers and employees of snow removal hazards
With a massive winter storm and frigid temperatures recently affecting the East Coast, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) is urging those involved in snow removal and cleanup to take precautions and focus on
safety, according to www.osha.gov.
Workers performing snow removal operations may be exposed to serious hazards, including slips and falls while walking
on snow and ice. Other storm recovery work hazards include being struck by vehicles, carbon monoxide poisoning from
misuse of generators, hypothermia and being injured by powered equipment.
Anyone working outside for prolonged periods may experience cold stress with mild symptoms, such as shivering while
remaining alert. Moderate to severe symptoms include when the shivering stops, confusion, slurred speech, heart
rate/breathing slowness and loss of consciousness. When the body is unable to warm itself, serious cold-related
injuries may occur, such as frostbite.
To view a full list of winter storm hazards and safeguards, click here.