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More Snowfall — Distribution Center and Warehouse Managers Must Protect Facilities and Staff

Despite the arrival of spring, much of the country faced another round of snowstorms this week. Distribution center managers must use extreme care in protecting their facilities and staff from common winter-weather risks.

(Boonton, NJ, March 25, 2011) — Despite the arrival of spring, much of the country faced another round of snowstorms this week. Distribution center managers must use extreme care in protecting their facilities and staff from common winter-weather risks.

The March issue of industry newsletter, Distribution Center Management, provides the following timely advice from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

  • Electric shock from downed power lines is a common hazard. Assume all power lines are energized, stay away from them, and contact your utility company. Make sure all electrical equipment is grounded.
  • With rooftops covered with snow, falls are a danger. Before sending a worker onto the roof, provide fall protection. Make sure ladders are properly used and maintained.
  • Take care with chain saws, snow blowers, and other power tools used to clear snow and downed tree limbs. Cuts and amputations are all too common, so be certain that guards are installed on these tools, and instruct workers to turn them off and disconnect them from power sources before clearing jams.

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