OSHA warns Tennessee residents about storm clean-up hazards

Scruggs Road is closed by flooding after Christmas day rainfall brought South Chickamauga Creek to a flood stage of about 26.5 feet on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in East Ridge, Tenn. Major flood stage classification for the creek is 27 feet.

NASHVILLE - The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is warning Tennessee residents to be safe when cleaning up after recent storms.

According to OSHA, only workers with the proper training, equipment and experience should clean up after severe weather. Hazards can include downed power lines and unstable structures.

OSHA maintains a comprehensive website to keep disaster site workers safe during tornado and storm cleanup and recovery operations.

Individuals involved in recovery efforts may also call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or visit www.osha.gov to reach local representatives who can provide on-site assistance. The Tennessee OSHA Office can be reached at 615-741-2793.

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