The 2015 Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference in Portland attracted 1,700 attendees, while showcasing national speakers. The March 9-12 event – the largest of its kind in the Northwest – featured 160 workshops and sessions, an awards luncheon, and safety and health exhibits from more than 140 organizations.
Keynote speaker Jim Wiethorn, a forensic engineer at Haag Engineering, kicked off the conference on Tuesday with "Forensics: It's Elementary My Dear Watson." Wiethorn, who has examined more than 800 crane accidents during his career, spoke about how to effectively conduct an accident investigation.
"Evidence tells a story," he said. "Examine the details, follow the falling dominoes, and you will have the answer."
Close to 100 students and their teachers from six Oregon high schools took part in the GOSH Student Day on March 10. Eric Giguere, who survived a 2002 trench collapse in New York, spoke to students about his near-death experience and the impact it had on his family, co-workers, and friends.
Students who attended also explored the exhibit hall, took part in a group activity on young worker safety, and participated in a competition to identify and control workplace hazards.
Fifteen leaders in safety and health received awards during a GOSH ceremony on March 11. 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 distributed to the paper's 55,000 readers.
KGW-TV news anchor Stephanie Stricklen served as the master of ceremonies at the awards luncheon.
Drivers maneuvered through obstacles, tight turns, and showcased their skill and safety awareness in the biennial Columbia Forklift Challenge at GOSH on Wednesday, March 11. One of the highlights of the course was when drivers finished with the task of rolling a bowling ball off a pallet toward pins approximately 20 feet away. Cash prizes ranged from $200 to $500 and were given to both teams and individuals.
Congratulations to the 2015 Columbia Forklift Challenge winners:
First: Neil Caylor (Americold)
Second: Andrew Ibbotson (Americold)
Third: Randy Langwell (Americold)
Americold, Lynden, Washington
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.
Thank you! This event was a success because of our Sponsors!
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