Hurricane Katrina Response

Mr. Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council

Paul presented the perspective of the environmental, health and safety situations and problems that construction workers faced in dealing w/ the clean-up and rebuilding of the infrastructure in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As an instructor working for the Construction Safety Council (CSC) and working under a Susan Harwood Training Grant from OSHA, Paul has traveled throughout the Gulf Coast Region conducting safety and health training. The focus of the training is to increase the number of competent and trained individuals who can work under the unique circumstances of post disaster events. Since the tragic events of 9/11, the construction worker has been recognized as a person who brings a valuable skill in support of disaster and emergency response teams.

Most training in the Gulf consisted of job-site visits, such as “Tool-Box Talks”, and formal competent person training, i.e. fall protection, work zone, excavation safety, etc. However, the CSC was also instrumental in organizing area wide safety and health conferences. Since the rebuilding started in early 2006, CSC has trained a total of 2,949 eligible workers.