Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

March 12, 2012

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Scaffold safety: Is fall protection required during erecting and dismantling work?

The answer would be an easy "yes" if those doing the work were more than 10 feet above a lower level and if fall protection was feasible in all erecting and dismantling operations. But it's not; in some cases, the nature of erecting and dismantling work makes fall protection infeasible. ... Read more ...

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Electrical Safety and the NFPA 70E

NFPA standard number 70, the National Electrical Code, is primarily a document used to protect people and property from hazards that arise from the use of electricity. It contains very little information, however, about protecting those who work directly on or near energized electrical equipment or circuits as required by OSHA regulations. ... Read more ...

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Oregon OSHA's "top violations" reports are now just clicks away

Now you can get up-to-date lists of Oregon OSHA's 25 most-violated rules with the new Oregon OSHA top violations report. The report lets you to search for the most-violated rules by calendar year with NAICS codes or by industry groups such as construction and manufacturing. ... Read more ...

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When does your forklift become a crane?

Subdivision CC, otherwise known as the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard, applies to equipment that can hoist, lower, and horizontally move a suspended load. Does that equipment include forklifts? According to the standard's Scope, Subdivision CC does not apply to forklifts used exclusively to lift or lower a load when the forks are placed under the load. ... Read more ...

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Power line safety – evaluating the work zone

Oregon OSHA has a new fact sheet that provides contractors with a flow chart to help them evaluate a work zone when cranes will be operating within 20 feet of an overhead power line. ... Read more ...

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New online citation appeal and extension request form now available

Oregon OSHA's Web site now has an online form that reduces the paperwork and time necessary to appeal a citation or request an extension of an appeal date. ... Read more ...


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