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National News Release: 08-1275-NAT
Sept. 5, 2008
Contact: Sharon Worthy David Sims
Phone: 202-693-4676 202-693-1898


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA releases public service announcements promoting safe cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Gustav

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released several public service announcements to help protect employees from hazards such as electrocution and falls from heights during hurricane cleanup and recovery operations.

"In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, and with more hurricanes forming in the Atlantic, OSHA is ensuring that we reach as many people as possible with the information they need to stay safe while they help repair the damage done by this and future storms," said Edwin G. Foulke Jr., assistant secretary of labor for OSHA. "We want everyone to keep in mind that strong winds and heavy rain can leave many dangers behind them, and employers and employees need to take the proper precautions to avoid serious injury."

The public service announcements, read by Assistant Secretary Foulke and others, and available in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded from the audio news release page of the Labor Department's Web site at http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/audio and OSHA's hurricane recovery Web site at http://www.osha.gov/hurricane#PSA. These messages inform listeners about hazards including falls from heights, carbon monoxide