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Construction safety summit coming to central Oregon

For immediate release
Nov. 29, 2016
Contact information
Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer

Keynote presentation to focus on culture of safety

Salem, OR — The safety and health of workers in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industries will take center stage during a two-day training conference headed to central Oregon.

Topics covered during the Jan. 30-31 Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit will include elimination of fall hazards, ladder safety, excavation rules, construction-related health hazards, and fire safety during construction.

Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA), a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, encourages employers and workers to attend the 16th annual summit at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center in Bend.

The summit’s keynote speakers are Jeff Deswert and Todd Taylor, with Kirby Nagelhout Construction and Taylor NW, respectively. During their Jan. 31 presentation, “The Journey to the Commitment,” Deswert and Taylor will discuss how a culture of safety has contributed to the success of their companies and careers. 

The two-day summit’s other workshops include:

  • Construction A-Z. This session reviews the many hazards found in construction and demolition, and the best practices – and requirements – for correcting them.
  • Basics in starting a safety program
  • Safety culture improvement and the power of influence
  • Regulatory update for the construction industry
  • Strains: causes, prevention, and treatment
  • Hand/power tools and personal protective equipment

Registration for pre-conference workshops (Jan. 30) is $50. Conference registration (Jan. 31) is $85. 

To register, go to 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

The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregon's largest business regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, go to

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