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September 26, 2003
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OSHA is reminding employers and workers to take appropriate safety measures to avoid injury and illnesses associated with the recovery and cleanup efforts following Hurricane Isabel.

Among the dangers: fatal electrocutions of power company workers and serious injuries from with tree trimming. OSHA urges employers, workers and the public to observe safety and health precautions while performing cleanup and utility restoration operations. This includes coordinating with control centers responsible for power circuits so that workers do not enter areas where there are live wires.

OSHA chief John Henshaw has issued the following public service announcement:

"Hurricane Isabel is gone, but the danger is not over - especially for workers restoring power lines, cutting down tree limbs and doing other cleanup and recovery work. This kind of work can be hazardous, and accidents can cost lives. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration advises workers to take proper safety and health precautions to avoid serious injuries from falls, electric shock, chain saws and other machinery. For more information, please call 1-800-321-OSHA or log onto http://www.OSHA.gov. This message comes to you from OSHA and its partners in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina."

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