NATE is reminding people who work around communications towers that many of the hazards posed by hurricanes like Ian come after the storm has passed, such as in cleanup and restoration.
“Workers and volunteers involved with flood cleanup should be aware of the potential dangers involved and take proper safety precautions,” it wrote in a newsletter email.
“Work-related hazards that could be encountered include electrical hazards, carbon monoxide, musculoskeletal hazards, heat stress, motor vehicles, hazardous materials, fire, confined spaces and falls.”
The association circulated a list of flood and hurricane-related safety resources from OSHA, copied below.
“We want to remind everyone that their life and the lives of their fellow workers depend on the decisions they make. The rush to fix a problem or deploy a site can seem overriding, but the cost of an accident is far more disruptive to a company than any service outage.”
OSHA Emergency Preparedness and Response:
OSHA Hurricane Preparedness and Response:
OSHA Flood Preparedness and Response:
OSHA Worker Safety and Health Resources for Hurricane and Flood Cleanup and Recovery:
OSHA Resources for Storm Response and Recovery:
NATE is an association of communications infrastructure contractors.