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

April 20, 2017

Changes coming to Oregon OSHA's general industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment rules

The proposed changes are the result of federal OSHA's recent final rule Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems), published in the Federal Register on Nov. 18, 2016.

The federal final rule revised the previous walking-working surfaces rules in 1910 subpart D and created new rules for fall protection systems in subpart I.

Oregon OSHA is proposing to adopt OSHA's final rules with some exceptions.

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 Distracts: congitive, visual, manual, and auditory 

Pay attention: April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The Oregon Department of Transportation kicks of its fourth annual National Distracted Driving Awareness campaign this month with the warning that distracted driving has become an epidemic in Oregon. Every three hours someone in Oregon is injured by distracted driving.

A recent study conducted by Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that in nearly a quarter of crashes across the U.S., the driver was using a phone just before the crash occurred.

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Derrick truck operators face hazards when climbing up and down a derrick with the boom rotated

A recently published Oregon OSHA hazard alert highlights the risks of climbing a digger derrick boom when it is in a rotated position. Access to handholds is adequate when the boom is in a stowed position, but not when it is in a rotated position. In a recent incident, an employee fell when he lost his grip and footing while climbing up to an elevated seat. The boom was not in the forward position.

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