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April 2013

GOSH 2013 attracts more than 1,650 attendees

The 2013 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference in Portland attracted more than 1,650 attendees from as far away as Alaska and New Hampshire. The four-day event in March – the largest of its kind in the Northwest, featured 150 workshops and sessions, an awards luncheon, and safety and health exhibits from more than 120 organizations.

Businesses and individuals honored for safety and health excellence

Thirteen leaders in safety and health received awards during a GOSH ceremony on March 6. A panel of industry professionals judges the awards, which recognize extraordinary contributions to the field of workplace safety and health. Detailed profiles of award winners were featured in a special publication produced by the Portland Business Journal and were distributed to the paper's 55,000 readers.

Association Awards
Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter
Oregon Trucking Association

Employer Awards
Andersen Construction Company, Portland
Bremik Construction, Portland
May Trucking, Salem

Safety Committee Awards
City of Newberg, Newberg
City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland
Leatherman Tool, Portland
Valley Family Health Care, Vail/Ontario/Nyssa

Safety and Health Advocate
John Mckenzie, JE Dunn

Safety and Health Professional Awards
David Hanson, Timber Products Company
Patrick Wolfe, Portland Public Schools
Annie Moorman, SAIF Corporation

Drivers compete in Columbia Forklift Challenge

Skilled forklift operators competed for cash prizes in the second biennial Columbia Forklift Challenge, held on March 5 of the conference. Drivers were tested on their ability to operate a forklift safely during an obstacle course.

Top finishers in the Columbia Forklift Challenge are as follows:

First: Andrew Ibbotson (Americold)
Second: Mike Morrison (Cascade Steel Rolling Mills)
Third: Cory Jenks (NACCO Materials Handling Group)

Team winner
Americold – Lynden, Wash. (Andrew Ibbotson, Neil Caylor, Randy Langwell)

The course offered a variety of challenges, such as tight slalom runs, precise loading/unloading using pallets, racking, and other props. All drivers competing were required to have employer-certified training and attended an orientation the morning of the event.

Oregon OSHA partners with the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers to sponsor the Oregon GOSH conference. The GOSH 2015 event is slated for March 9-12.

Event photos are on the Oregon GOSH Facebook Page

Columbia Forklift Challenge

Photos are links to albums

GOSH Award photos

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