Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma

Cleaning Up After Hurricane Irma

To Our Policyholders,

As Florida and the surrounding states continue to recover from Hurricane Irma, we want you to know EMPLOYERS® is here to help. We realize that in an unprecedented situation like this, it may require all-hands-on-deck from you and your employees to help with clean up and rebuilding efforts. While it may be necessary for your employees to pitch in and get your business operational again – regardless of whether they are helping while on the clock or after hours – there are certain precautions you should take to prevent them from getting injured or sick.

If your business sustained extensive damage, the cleanup is usually best left to trained professionals who will make sure the work is completed safely and meets required building codes. If any of the following damage is present in your building, do not attempt cleanup without first consulting an expert.

Even if the damage your business sustained is less-extensive, there are still precautions you and your employees should take. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a helpful fact sheet that details potential hazards and preventive measures that can help keep your employees safe during disaster clean up and recovery. Some of the tips they recommend include:

In addition to OSHA resources, the Florida Department of Financial Services also provides helpful resource page and additional information.

For guidance on workers’ compensation claims related to Hurricane Irma, contact your agent or EMPLOYERS today.