Oregon OSHA Construction Depot Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

February 16, 2017

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

Don't forget to post a copy of your OSHA 300-A, which summarizes your company's job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. The summary must be displayed each year between Feb. 1 and April 30 in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees at any time during 2016 and businesses in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from the requirements.

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GOSH 2017: It's less than a month away

The Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference – better known as GOSH – is happening March 6-9 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. With more than 150 workshops and sessions, it is the largest event of its kind in the Northwest and there's still time to register.

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New and revised Oregon OSHA publications

New Fact Sheets

  • Don't take lead dust home!
  • Incentive programs
  • Post-incident drug and alcohol testing

Revised Program Directives

  • Local emphasis program on occupational exposures to Isocyanates
  • Positive Means of Support for Vehicles with Dump Bodies
  • Securing Compressed Gas Cylinders
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Facilities
  • Scaffolds in construction

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Construction Q&A: Supported scaffolds

  1. Does a worker need to be certified to erect small, portable scaffolding?
  2. I have two deteriorating wood planks on scaffold that I use for painting projects. Can I replace those planks myself?
  3. Are stair towers covered under Oregon OSHA's scaffolding rules for the construction industry?

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Toolbox talk: Anatomy of a ladder fall

Most ladder falls happen because workers select the wrong type of ladder for their job or they improperly set up the ladder and the ladder shifts or slips unexpectedly. Why does that happen? Here's a good example:

What happened?

A worker fell eight feet and fractured two bones in his leg when his extension ladder slipped out from under him.

How did it happen?

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