Recovery Worker in Ship Bottom Injured During Cleanup
A month after the storm devastated the Shore, it is still causing harm.
A month after Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore - the storm is still causing harm.
Today, a hurricane recovery worker was electrocuted in Ship Bottom while cleaning up debris there.
Calls to the Ship Bottom Police Department about the worker's condition were referred to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, which did not immediately return a phone call today.
But a statement from the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed the incident, and called on employers involved in Sandy recovery efforts to ensure their workers are aware of all hazards they might encounter and know what steps they should take to protect themselves.
The statement also defined inherent hazards associated with cleanup work, including: downed electrical wires, carbon monoxide and 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, burns, lacerations, musculoskeletal injuries, being struck by traffic or heavy equipment, and drowning from being caught in moving water or while removing water from flooded structures.