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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

March 13, 2015

In this issue:

Tire track through mud

Using liquid ballast in off-road tires

Liquid ballast has been used for many years in agricultural tractor tires to maximize the tractor's traction and stability for farm work. The practice is also spreading to vehicles used in off-the-road construction work. The liquid ballast adds substantial weight to the vehicle's drive axle, which can improve traction and increase drawbar pull. Other benefits include less slipping, less tire pressure loss, and less fuel consumption.

However, liquid ballast is not the only way to improve traction.

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Worker hanging strapped into a safety harness during a fall rescue drill

Personal fall arrest systems – responding to emergencies

You require your employees to wear personal fall-arrest gear when they are working on a roof. But, do you have a plan for rescuing them if they fall? When a worker falls and is suspended in a personal fall-arrest system, you must provide for a prompt rescue.

Tips for developing an emergency-response plan

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Qualified repairman

Construction Q&A: Cranes and trenches

Oregon OSHA's crane rule covering qualifications for maintenance and repair employees (1926.1429) says that maintenance and repair personnel must meet the definition of a qualified person with respect to the tasks performed. What is the definition of a qualified person?

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Rules update

Confined space

Recordkeeping and reporting

Oxygen fuel gas welding and cutting

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