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Be careful while cleaning up storm damage

News from the federal Labor Department:

Recovery work should not put you in the recovery room.

Recovery activity from yesterday’s storms can impact the safety and health of those performing cleanup and recovery activities.
The US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has information to help workers and employers recognize and address the most common hazards (it’s good for the general public, too).
Some of the hazards associated with storm recovery work include:
  • Being struck by falling objects such as tree limbs and utility poles
  • Falls while working in aerial lifts or on ladders
  • Lacerations or amputations from unguarded or improperly operated chain saws and power tools
  • Heat exhaustion, heat stress, heat stroke
  • Dehydration
  • Electrocution due to downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Burns from fires caused by energized line contact or equipment failure
 More information on storm recovery work safeguards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hurricane/recommendations.html.
Information about heat hazards and safeguards is available at www.osha.gov/heat.

Water chestnut pull set for July 12

Water chestnut plants like these will be pulled by volunteers during a water chestnut pull set for July 12 on the Salmon River Estuary near Selkirk Shores State Park. Members of the public are invited to take part in the pull.
Water chestnut plants like these will be pulled by volunteers during a water chestnut pull set for July 12 on the Salmon River Estuary near Selkirk Shores State Park. Members of the public are invited to take part in the pull.

Volunteers, river guides, and members of local environmental organizations will gather Saturday, July 12, at the Pine Grove Boat Launch near Selkirk Shores State Park for a community water chestnut pull on the Salmon River Estuary. Continue reading