Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 22, 2013


Construction workers account for most contractor deaths nationwide, BLS study shows

Falling man

A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that during 2011, there were 542 deaths of contract workers, accounting for 11.5 percent of the 4,693 on-the-job deaths reported in the agency's Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

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Sunscreen – does Oregon OSHA require workers to use it?


Even in Oregon, summertime means more sunlight and most folks know that exposure to too much sun is not healthful. The sun's ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – can cause premature skin aging, cataracts, corneal burns, and various types of skin cancer.

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Extension cords – who can repair them?

electrical extension cord

When a worker at a construction site inspects an extension cord and determines that it needs to be repaired, who can repair it?

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By the numbers: hand injuries caused by powered hand tools, 2008-2012

X-Ray of hand injury from nail gun

A look at the characteristics of disabling claims accepted by the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division.

Considering how often they are used at construction sites, powered hand tools cause relatively few hand injuries in the industry.

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New publication from The Center for Construction Research and Training

The Construction Chart Book

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) just released the fifth edition of "The Construction Chart Book: The U.S. Construction Industry and Its Workers." The 142-page book includes statistics on all facets of the U.S. construction industry.

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