Carolina Employee Safety in the Face of Natural Disaster

Tornadoes can come out of the sky with little to no warning. That’s why it’s important that we take all of the proper safety precautions to make sure we’re ready when they do hit. Some of these important precautions including learning the warning signs, having an emergency plan in place, keeping an eye on the weather and monitoring the watches and warnings. These steps can help to make sure that you’re safe regardless of where you are — even if you’re at work.
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Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have developed web resources to help ensure that companies, business owners and workers are prepared and ready for when a tornado strikes. The webpage has also been designed to help companies get back on their feet after one of these natural disasters.

Our Rock Hill workers’ compensation attorneys understand that it is critical for each business to have an emergency plan in place. Workers should know where to take shelter in the event of a tornado, ways to make sure that everyone is accounted for and procedures to address any dangerous materials that may be on the work site. It’s not a bad idea to take these tornado disaster plans home with you to help to make sure that everyone in your family is safe, too.

A tornado is a column of violently rotating air, spawned by a thunderstorm, which is connected from the thunderstorm cloud to the ground. It often appears funnel shaped or as a column of debris. These phenomenons are one of nature’s most violent storms. They can even reach over 250 mph. Tornadoes are a threat to human life and responsible for millions of dollars worth of property damage each year in South Carolina.

Even if you make it out of a tornado safely, you’re going to have to take the proper safety steps to recover. Employees can face some serious dangers during this time, including the risks for even more storms, downed power lines and and dangerous debris. Employees should be cautious of the dangers that accompany heat stress and from equipment that is used during these recover operations (like generators). You’re going to have to make sure that everyone is taking the proper safety precautions to avoid any additional disasters.

In the aftermath of a tornado, employees may be involved in a variety of response and recovery operations. While workers can participate in many of these operations, there are some operations, such as utility restoration, cleaning up spills of hazardous materials, and search and rescue, which should only be conducted by workers who have the proper training, equipment and experience.

Employer Responsibilities:

-Be sure that each worker is provided a safe workplace.

-Make sure that employees are protected from any possible hazards affiliated with these kinds of storms, in addition to on-the-job dangers.

-Make sure that workers are protect while engaging in recovery work.

If you or someone you love has suffered from a work-related injury, contact the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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