April 2014

Shock wide

electrical outlet with no cover

Handling electricity with care

"It doesn't mean you have to have a license to change a light bulb, but you really need to know what you're doing when it comes to electricity," said Ron Haverkost, Oregon OSHA's Salem enforcement manager. "It's the reason Oregon OSHA puts such an emphasis on training individuals to know what's expected of them. It doesn't take a lot of voltage to penetrate human skin."

Over the past three years, Oregon OSHA cited about 1,800 electrical violations. The most common include violations for missing cover plates, unused openings, and missing ground prongs.

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Administrator's Message

Michael Wood

'Temporary' workers have permanent lives.
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Low-voltage electricity

A series of unfortunate events that caused the 2007 death of a Florida construction worker show that even 120 volts can kill you in seconds.
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Going the Distance

Photo of Barry Moreland

Meet Barry Moreland from NECA-International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Electrical Training Center (NIETC)

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Our employees will be using alcohol-based chemicals to clean the inside of a confined space that contains noncombustible corn powder. What type of air-monitoring meter should we use to ensure that we are properly monitoring the space?

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Safety Notes

Accident Report

  • Incident | Mobile scaffold tips over
  • Business | Property management
  • Employee | Two construction workers

Two workers, standing on a mobile scaffold 17 feet above a cement floor, were installing acoustic tile and insulation to the ceiling of a commercial building. Read article

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