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Pendleton to host Blue Mountain safety conference

For immediate release
April 3, 2018
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​​​Aaron Corvin, Public Information Officer
971-718-6973, aaron.corvin@dcbs.​
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Keynote speaker will share story of accident’s lasting impact

Salem, OR — A two-day event in Pendleton will offer employers and workers a variety of opportunities to improve on-the-job safety and health. Topics covered include safety committees, safety leadership, hazard identification and analysis, and hearing conservation.

Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, is one of several partners presenting the May 21-22 Blue Mountain Occupational Safety and Health Conference at the Pendleton Convention Center.

On Tuesday, May 22, keynote speaker Matt Pomerinke will present “Accidents are Forever.” Pomerinke was 21 and working in a lumber mill when his arm was caught in an unguarded conveyor drive chain and amputated just below the elbow. Now, the 39-year-old papermaker, who speaks at businesses, schools, and conferences, shares his story so it doesn’t become yours.

Other conference topics include:

  • Fall protection options for general industry
  • Fatigue at work: Causes, impacts, and solutions
  • Keep your head in the game: The role of mindfulness in safety
  • Hazardous energy control
  • Forklift safety

Conference registration for Tuesday, May 22 is $75, which includes lunch. The event will include a Forklift Round-Up on Monday, May 21, which spectators are welcome to enjoy. Additionally, the conference features a no-cost workshop on driver awareness and prevention of distracted driving during the afternoon of May 21. For more information about the two-day event or to register, go to


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