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Pulp, Paper industry safety conference coming to Portland

For immediate release
Nov. 10, 2016
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Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Keynote speaker to emphasize ripple effect of lack of safety awareness

Salem, OR — Workers, contractors, and employers in Oregon’s pulp, paper, and forest products industries are invited to attend a Nov. 29-Dec. 2 conference that is designed to highlight innovative workplace safety and health ideas.  Topics covered will include everything from lumber planer safety and safe railcar loading techniques to managing driver behavior and understanding the intersection between mindfulness and improving safety performance.

The Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) is one of several partners presenting the 26th annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety & Health Conference at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach in Portland.

The conference’s keynote speaker, Brad Livingston, will present “Just a Second Ago …” on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Livingston overcame a 5 percent chance of surviving injuries he incurred from back-to-back explosions while on the job. The explosions were entirely preventable. The factors that contributed to them were universal: shortcuts, complacency, pride, bad attitudes, and improper perspectives.

In discussing what he and his family went through, Livingston will bring home to attendees why they must not allow those factors to take root in their workplace. 

“It isn’t just you that an injury could hurt, and many people don’t realize the ripple effect they could start,” he said. “My goal is to leave the audience with a newfound perspective on the importance of workplace safety – not just for their own sake, but for the sake of their families, friends, and coworkers as well.”

The four-day conference also will feature exhibits, company safety meetings, roundtable discussions, and workshops. The workshops include:

  • A-Z incident investigation and root cause analysis techniques
  • Don’t fall for it: Fall arrest and fall prevention during maintenance activities
  • Personal communication/responding to criticism
  • Water hammer safety
  • Lightning safety awareness: The facts you never knew
  • Tools for conscious leadership: Responsibility

The registration fee is $270 to attend the full conference. The fee for one day – Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday – is $90. It is $40 for Friday. Register online at If you have questions or need help registering, call the Oregon OSHA Conference Section, 503-947-7411.


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

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