Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

July 13, 2012

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Since when is ‘housekeeping’ construction work?

“Housekeeping” isn’t a word that most people associate with construction work.

For most of us, housekeeping means keeping our homes presentable – and it’s not a task we want to do. You’ll rarely hear someone say, “I’d rather be housekeeping.” But, thanks to the tendency of things to become more – rather than less – disorganized over time, housekeeping is the best way to keep us from being buried in clutter. Housekeeping keeps us safer too. ... Read more ...

How to select and use portable ladders

Try Oregon OSHA’s new portable ladder app

Every year, more workers are injured in falls from ladders than from any other elevated surface, including roofs, scaffolds, balconies, and even stairs.

So far this year, falls from ladders have seriously injured eight Oregon workers, but all of the injuries could have been prevented. ... Read more ...

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Northwest safety staff attend mobile crane training in Portland

Compliance officers and other safety specialists

from Oregon OSHA, federal OSHA, and Washington’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) got together last month for three days of mobile crane training at Hoffman Construction’s training facility in northeast Portland. ... Read more ...

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Oregon GOSH Conference coming to Portland: March 2013

Here’s some news for all you “forward-thinking” types.

The 2013 Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference is coming up: March 4-7 to be precise. This year’s theme is. ... Read more ...

Green + Safe = safe for workers, safe for the environment

NIOSH team to recommend worker safety requirements in LEED green building certification

A team at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is developing worker protection measures

that would be part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building code, according to Matt Gillen, a deputy director in the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health. ... Read more ...


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