2014

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For immediate release
December 4, 2014

Contact information
Aaron Corvin, Public information officer
503-947-7428, aaron.corvin@oregon.gov

Keynote speaker is workplace accident survivor

Salem - Employers and workers in Oregon's construction industry are invited to attend a specialized conference Jan. 26-27, 2015, designed to highlight safe work practices and rule updates. 

Oregon's Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit at the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center. 

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, keynote speaker Kina Repp will share "Safety Beyond PPE," and her story of losing her left arm in a manufacturing accident. Repp is reminded every day there are significant, life-changing consequences when safety is not a priority. 

"Safety rules and regulations are in place to guide employees on how to mitigate hazards and prevent injuries," said Repp. "However, true safety is behavior-based, so employees' focus on and commitment to safe work practices are what really drive their actions. Employees are responsible and accountable for saying 'no' to unsafe work and for taking care of each other, which has a positive ripple effect on co-workers, families, and friends."

The conference features topics specifically designed for the residential and commercial construction workforce. Continuing education credits are pre-approved for the Building Codes Division (code related credits for electricians are under review for approval), Landscape Contractors Board, water services, Oregon Farm Bureau (pesticide handlers).

Other conference topics include:

  • Electrical safety/NFPA 70E 
  • Confined space 
  • Excavation safety 
  • Work zone safety/flagging 
  • Fall protection 

The registration fee is $75 per person for the Tuesday conference and $40 for the pre-conference workshop on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information or to register, go to www.orosha.org/conferences​​.

 

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About Oregon OSHA:

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, enforces the state's workplace safety and health rules and works to improve workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go to www.orosha.org.

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to www.dcbs.oregon.gov or follow www.twitter.com/OregonDCBS.