Oregon OSHA

Construction Depotonline

Spring 2008
Safety & Health News for the Oregon Construction Industry

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The right to bear nails

Since the building boom of the 2000s, pneumatically driven nailers and staplers (commonly referred to as “nail guns”) have become the preferred tool of trade in the construction industry. However, with the capability of firing 30 nails a minute at speeds up to 490 feet per second (roughly 334 miles per hour), this easy-to-use tool can also be a threat to workplace safety. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), emergency departments across the U.S. treat 22,200 work-related injuries and 14,800 consumer injuries caused by nail guns. Read more...

Identifying occupational hazards - past and present

Nearly three hundred years have passed since physicians first began to realize that a man’s job was not only his living, but often times a direct cause of his dying. Bernardino Ramazzini, considered by many to be the father of occupational medicine, visited workplaces, observed workers' activities, and discussed their illnesses with them. He studied relationships between certain disorders and postural attitudes, repetition of movements, including weight lifting, and anticipated some preventive measures. Read more...

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Using an energized electrical work permit as a tool

Paperwork is a necessity on every jobsite whether it is used for ordering materials, tracking change orders and RFIs or as a means to create a safer work environment. Most people view more paperwork as negative aspect to construction but many times it is these same documents that can be used as tools to increase productivity and safety at the same time. Take for instance an energized electrical work permit. Read more...

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The ABCs of construction site safety

Oregon OSHA’s Craig Hamelund gave a workshop on Construction Site Safety at the 7th Annual Mid-Oregon Construction Safety Summit last January. What? You missed it? Read more...

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Workers' Memorial Day is April 28

Workers’ Memorial Day recognizes U.S. workers who die or are are injured on the job. Oregon OSHA administrator Michael Wood offers a remembrance. Read more...

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