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Fall 2007
Safety & Health News for the Oregon Construction Industry

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It’s been a while…We last published the Construction Depot about a year ago but we kept getting requests for the next issue, which we couldn’t ignore. So, welcome back to the Construction Depot! In keeping with the season, we’ve ‘harvested’ a few timely articles from past issues of the Depot but there’s also much in this issue that you haven’t seen before. Comments or suggestions? Let us know. We’re planning on offering more content and features in our next issue: January 25, 2008.

Fall protection: Do you know fall hazards when you see them?

You know what a fall hazard is, right? Here’s a summary of what they are and how to evaluate them. Read more...

Driving: Getting traction in winter

If you do much winter driving in Oregon, you’ve probably seen the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) SNOW ZONE signs that tell you the current requirements for chains or traction tires. But do you know what they mean? Here’s a primer. Read more...

Excavating: Working with hydraulic excavators and backhoe loaders

You can dig an excavation with a hand shovel or a machine. Use a hand shovel improperly and you risk blisters. Use a machine improperly and you risk a life. Too many workers are injured or killed because they are not properly trained or supervised and don’t follow safe practices when they use mechanical equipment for excavation work. Most accidents happen for three reasons. Read more...

Electrical: Coated hand tools may not protect you from electrical hazards

Recently, while removing lighting on a demolition project, a worker inadvertently cut an energized power cord with a pair of pliers that caused a spark and a hole in the cutting portion of the pliers. The worker used pliers with plastic-coated handles made for ergonomic comfort; however, this type of coating doesn’t insulate against electrical current and doesn’t provide a complete safety barrier. Read more...

Powered platforms: Top 10 things an aerial operator needs to know

This article reprinted with permission from Jeff Stachowiak, National Safety Director, Sunbelt Rentals.

In conducting training on aerial work platforms (AWP’s) since 1992 I’ve had many people in training sessions with varied experience. From “never been on one of these things” to “I’ve been operating these things since before you were born” which, in my case, would make you pretty old. Read more...

Injuries and illnesses: Plumbers and pipefitters

The faucet in your bathroom sink has been dripping incessantly, keeping you up all night. Yesterday, your son decided to see if his sister’s Barbie could swim, effectively clogging the toilet. Your showerhead has been oozing green slime for over a week, and your garbage disposal… well, let’s just say it’s not a pretty sight. It’s time to call in the plumbing experts. Read more..

Webinar: Designing for construction safety

It's much more effective to design safety into a construction process than it is to try to manage safety after the fact. Want to learn how the hazards construction workers face daily can be addressed in the design of a construction project that significantly reduces those risks? Read more..

New publication: Best practices for using warning lines

Produced with help from Oregon OSHA’s Construction Advisory Committee, a new fact sheet explains best practices for construction workers who need to set up and use warning lines. Read more..

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