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Sept. 19, 2008
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Department of Labor's OSHA releases public service announcements promoting safe cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Ike

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) 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 now Ike, 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 these and any future storms," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "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 DOL'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 poisoning from generators, electrocution from fallen power lines, lacerations from