Hawaii urges recovery workers, residents to be aware of hurricane hazards

Storm recovery work involves wide range of safety and health hazards

Posted August 29, 2018

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DLIR) Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) urged recovery workers and residents to be aware of potential hazards they might encounter with storm conditions and storm impacts during Hurricane Lane.

According to HIOSH, inherent hazards may include:

  • Illness from exposure to contaminated water or food,
  • Exposure to the elements and heat stress,
  • Downed electrical wires,
  • Carbon monoxide,
  • Electrical hazards from portable generators,
  • Fall and "struck-by" hazards from tree trimming or working at heights,
  • Being caught in unprotected excavations or confined spaces,
  • Being struck by traffic or heavy equipment, and
  • Drowning from being caught in moving water or while removing water from flooded structures.

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