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February 2017

GOSH Conference: Why is the Governor's Occupational Safety and Health Conference important?

It's a place to go to refresh your commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It's a place where you'll find local and national experts weighing in on how to go beyond reacting to hazards by building a sustainable culture of safety. It's a place to build relationships with others who share the same commitment to worker safety and health. It's the 35th biennial Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health (GOSH) Conference, to be held March 6-9 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.

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Administrator's Message

Change and stability as we enter 2017

As we enter 2017, those of us in workplace health and safety throughout the United States are looking toward Washington, D.C., with an increased sense of curiosity …

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What a strange sense of logic to fixate on the absence of something (injury) as a demonstration of the presence of something else (safety). Such a proposition misunderstands the dynamic of risk and being human. ”

Dr. Robert Long principal and trainer at Human Dymensions

GOSH: How Oregon's governors shaped its history

To ensure that the focus remained strictly on safety – "health" had not yet crept into the lexicon – conference organizers made sure that customary conference frills were entirely eliminated. There would be no evening banquet. Seventy-nine people attended the "First Annual Oregon Industrial Safety Conference," including Oregon's 23rd governor, Earl Snell.

Without knowing it, Snell set the precedent for a unique brand of workplace safety conference with the distinguished provenance of the Governor's Office.

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Did you know?


  • Under Oregon OSHA's construction rules for steel erection, guardrail systems must be capable of withstanding a force of at least 200 pounds applied within 2 inches of the top edge in any outward or downward direction at any point along the top edge.
  • Where steel joists at or near columns span 60 feet or less, the joist must be designed with sufficient strength to allow one employee to release the hoisting cable without the need for erection bridging.
  • All columns must be anchored by a minimum of four anchor bolts.
  • Rules for landing and placing loads include the requirement that the weight of a bundle of joist bridging must not exceed 1,000 pounds.

For more information read our Division 3, Subdivision R, Steel erection rules.

Safety Notes

Incident: Fatality
Industry: Hardwood veneer and plywood manufacturer
Victim: Sander operator

A forklift operator was moving a unit of melamine sheeting to a scissor lift when the load tipped and 30 sheets of melamine, weighing 100 pounds each, fell on a co-worker, who was standing nearby.

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Going the distance

Company: REFA Erection Inc. / Fought & Company, Inc.

Andy Collins sitting at his desk

Safety Director / Safety Consultant: Andy Collins

Workforce: Depending on the project, Collins interacts with crews numbering 15 to more than 1,000

Workplace Hazards: Falls from heights and concerns related to handling, lifting, and transporting heavy components

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Ask Technical

Will Oregon OSHA require employers to electronically submit a summary of their employees' injuries and illnesses to OSHA?

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Don't miss out

March 6-9, 2017
Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety & Health Conference

Upcoming education workshops
Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford, Milwaukie, Roseburn, Salem

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Did you know?

If you own and operate a crane on a construction site, and the crane operator is your employee, you must comply with all Subdivision CC requirements (the cranes and derricks standard) because you control the hazards the crane may create.

If you operate a leased crane on a construction site, and the leasing company tells you that the crane meets Oregon OSHA's requirements, you cannot assume that the crane meets Subdivision CC requirements. You are the employer operating the crane and you are responsible for complying with all requirements. Even if the leasing company tells you the crane meets requirements, you must verify the claim, including by asking the company for the most recent monthly and annual inspection reports.

• A controlling entity is an employer who has overall responsibility for a construction project. Examples include primary contractors, general contractors, and construction managers.

For more information read our Cranes and derricks in construction brochure.


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