There are two new safety requirements in store next year for employers who do construction work in Oregon and they are both about fall protection.
These new requirements mean that – if you do construction work – you will need to use some form of fall protection to prevent your employees from falling six feet or more to a lower level, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. And, if you are using slide guards as fall protection, you will have to replace them with another type of fall protection, starting Oct. 1, 2017.
Workplace protection begins with the recognition that the unlikely will happen
As 2016 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting a bit about probabilities and how little the people who must use them really understand them. And perhaps nowhere is that as true as in workplace health and safety.
Precaution is better than cure.”
"It's the law! You have a right to a safe and healthful workplace." Those words should be common knowledge to every working Oregonian because they are prominent in Oregon OSHA's safety and health poster, which is displayed in every Oregon workplace – or, at least it should be.
Incident: Fall from roof
Industry: Painting and wall covering contractors
A painter fell eight feet to concrete while he was doing trim work on the roof of a two-story house.
with Craig Hamelund, Oregon OSHA's safety training specialist
Employees provide tremendous insight and creative solutions, and their involvement can breed ownership."
How close to the edge of a deck or floor can employees work before fall protection is required?
Can I use a warning line to protect employees working next to an unprotected floor edge?
Can tradespeople other than roofers use warning lines when they are working on a roof?
January 30 & 31, 2017
Construction Safety Summit
Riverhouse on the Deschutes • Bend
December and January
Upcoming education workshops
March 6-9, 2017
Oregon Goveror's Occupational Safety & Health Conference
• How far can you fall with a shock-absorbing lanyard? Oregon OSHA's fall distance educator shows you how to calculate your fall distance and your free fall distance with three different scenarios. Open the app.
• In 2013, 63 Oregon construction workers filed (accepted) disabling claims for injuries from falling objects. In the "tools and equipment" category, items included a box cutter, a nonpowered saw, a crowbar, a caliper, and an extension ladder.
• Oriented strand board (OSB), plywood, fiberboard, rigid foam, diagonal boards, and fiberglass-faced gypsum panels are all examples of – sheathing or sheeting? Most builders use the word sheathing, which means a protective ornamental case or covering. But there is nothing wrong with using sheeting either – as long as you're not referring to a fabric for making bed linen. Sheeting also means a protective lining or cladding of metal or timber.
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