Headquartered in the Hood River Valley, Diamond Fruit Growers has served a variety of agricultural markets for more than 100 years. It views workplace safety as critical to its current and future success.
The 104-year-old farmer-owned cooperative handles and ships high-quality pears.
Diamond Fruit Growers created a mantra that goes to the heart of its operations: "Safety is no accident: The journey to zero." The goal is zero employee accidents.
Employee safety at Diamond Fruit doesn't just occur by accident, but rather through strategic and measurable planning."
Safety discussions must grapple with loss of experience, expertise
Like many organizations, Oregon OSHA has faced a number of retirements in recent years, and it doesn't appear that the pace will be lessening any time soon.
We farm workers are closest to food production. We were the first to recognize the serious health hazards of agriculture pesticides to both consumers and ourselves.”
Summer is the busiest time of year for many Oregon farmers. Harvesting crops such as berries, grass seed, and wheat. typically begins in late June and other crops are grown and harvested through September. Those months from June through September also account for more than 40 percent of accepted workers compensation claims for injuries.
Farming is also one of the most dangerous occupations in America.
Six workers died on Oregon farms in 2016, and there were five other workers whose nonfatal injuries required treatment for at least one night in a hospital. How did the work-related accidents happen?
If a crane's boom comes in contact with a structure during a construction project, does the crane need to be inspected? If so, who is qualified to do the inspection?
Company: Wellness 2000 Inc.
President and CEO: Bea Berry
Workforce: 20 employees with offices in Medford; Portland; Vancouver, Wash.; and Boise, Idaho; national network of hundreds of temporary employees for contract support
Bea Berry, president, CEO, and founder of Wellness 2000, Inc., says the influence of the digital age – and the distraction that frequently comes with it – is an emerging issue in workplace safety and health.
September 19 & 20, 2017
Central Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference
Riverhouse on the Deschutes • Bend
October 17 - 19, 2017
Southern Oregon Occupational Safety & Health Conference
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites • Ashland
Upcoming education workshops
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