Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

February 14, 2013


It's February.
Do you know where your OSHA 300-A is?

OSHA forms for Recording Work-Related Injuries

Here's a gentle reminder. If you have 10 or more employees, you may need to:

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Engine exhaust – pick your poison

Workers being transported underground

What you don't know can harm you.

In January, OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a hazard alert on workplace exposure to diesel engine exhaust, targeted toward construction workers and others who work close to diesel-powered equipment.

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Arc flash – the dangers persist

Arc flash

According to data from National Fire Protection Association, the National Safety Council, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 arc flash accidents happen every day in the U.S. – and more than 3,600 disabling electrical contact injuries happen every year.

Last year in Oregon two workers were seriously burned in arc flash incidents:

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Questions and answers about electrical cords and temporary power sources

GFCI protection

Is GFCI protection required for temporary power sources? Oregon OSHA's construction rule on branch circuits, 437-003-0404(2), requires GFCI protection for employees working from temporary power sources, using 125-volt, single-phase, 15-, 20-, or 30-ampere receptacles. This requirement applies to all tools and equipment connected to temporary power sources. If a permanently wired receptacle (not equipped with GFCI protection) is used for temporary electric power, GFCI protection must also be available.

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Tool talk – coated hand tools and electrical hazards

coated hand tool

By Ron Haverkost, Oregon OSHA technical specialist [originally printed in the Construction Depot, Winter, 2006-2007]

Coated hand tools may not protect you from electrical hazards. Recently, while removing lighting on a demolition project, a worker inadvertently cut an energized power cord with a pair of pliers that caused a spark and a hole in the cutting portion of the pliers. The worker used pliers with plastic-coated handles made for ergonomic comfort; however, this type of coating doesn't insulate against electrical current and doesn't provide a complete safety barrier.

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Update on Oregon OSHA's proposed rules


Crane Operator Safety Training Requirements

Underground construction, and Cranes and derricks in construction

Personal protective equipment in construction

Personal protective equipment in general industry

Skylights in general industry

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GOSH conference coming in March

GOSH logo

Time is running out to pre-register for Oregon's 33rd biennial Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference, which will be held March 4-7, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This year's event features more than 150 workshops and sessions, including a return of the Columbia Forklift Challenge.

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But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.

For information about Oregon OSHA services and answers to technical questions, call (503) 378-3272 or toll-free within Oregon, (800) 922-2689.