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Construction Depot

Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

August 17, 2015

In this issue:

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Rules update: Oregon OSHA proposes new electric power generation rules

Oregon OSHA is proposing changes to its Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution rules for construction and general industry work. The changes would affect about 230 employers and 97,000 employees.

The proposed changes would merge the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution rules in subdivision 2/R (general industry) and subdivision 3/V (construction) into a new subdivision — 2/RR — that would apply to both industries. The proposed rules would also be consistent with the power generation, transmission, and distribution rules in neighboring states.

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Construction Q&A: Can I wear “sports eyewear” for eye protection?

Q. I have heard that only ANSI-rated eyewear can be used for eye protection in construction work and that “sports eyewear” is not permitted. Is this true?

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What’s in a name? Personal fall limiters

Personal fall limiters have been around for more than a decade and they offer many advantages over shock-absorbing lanyards, but many people are still not sure what to call them. You may have heard them referred to as “Personal self-retracting devices” or “SRL-Ps” — but those names have not caught on, at least among manufacturers of the devices.

What do these devices do and why have they become so popular?

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Broken body parts: Falls from elevation in the Oregon construction industry (infographic)

The human body is not well adapted to hard, sudden impacts.

There were 509 accepted workers’ compensation claims for injuries from construction-related falls between 2013 and 2014. As it turns out — and perhaps it is not too surprising — few body parts remained unscathed in those 509 injuries.

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