Oregon campaign to prevent falls in construction

On May 6 there were 60+ attendees at the Portland, Oregon Stand-Down event.  A few truly went the distance and traveled from Idaho and Washington.  Several local organizations (see April 29 blog) began collaborating in January to ensure an effective campaign during 2016 National Safety Stand-down week (May 2-6).  These partners, among many things, arranged for advertising on metro buses, presentations at safety meetings, distributed resources to association members, apprenticeship programs, and workers compensation safety consultants.  The May … Read More

National Safety Stand-Down

It will be the 3rd year for the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction.  The emphasis began 5 years ago with the Construction Fall Prevention Campaign.  Partners in the campaign include OSHA, NIOSH, CPWR and the NORA Construction Sector Council.  This year the Safety Stand-Down will be held during the week of May 2-6.  Employers are asked to participate by setting aside time during the week to have an open discussion with their … Read More

Parkrose High captures 2016 O[yes] video prizes

We congratulate students from Portland’s Parkrose High School for claiming both 1st and 2nd prizes for videos entered into the O[yes] video contest! The goal of this annual video contest, organized by O[yes] – the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition – is to inspire teens to stay safe at work with the theme of “Speak up. Work safe.” Videos, produced by Oregon high school students, are judged on creativity, production value, youth appeal, and overall … Read More

Multiple agencies meet to discuss pesticide issues

Pesticides are a commonly used tool for the control of a variety of pests, including weeds, bacteria, insects, rodents and molds, and represent a potential health risk to those who use them. Oregon OSHA is actively involved in ensuring that safe work practices with pesticides are followed, and provides a variety of educational and consultation services in this regard. Last week, Oregon OSHA sponsored the 2016 Oregon Pesticide Symposium, which was held March 15-16 at the Chemeketa … Read More

Retooling our future

A favorite activity for those of us active in outreach at Occupational Health Sciences is catching up with our stakeholders at events. This spring has been active – and certainly we have heard a recurring theme. There continue to be great career opportunities for those moving into the trades! And as those new to the trades take on new jobs – it continues to be important for us to help discover effective ways to deliver … Read More

New OR-FACE hazard alert

OR-FACE published a new hazard alert, “Follow manufacturer’s instructions.”  The document summarizes three Oregon construction fatal stories.  Common to the three cases was failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions: Case 1:  A pile was held in a vertical position with the bottom of the pile resting on the ground. The clamp holding the top of the pile unexpectedly released. The pile was not rigged to the clamp housing or attached to the whipline.  It fell on the crane … Read More

Arsenic and cadmium air pollution found in SE and North PDX

Potentially unsafe levels of arsenic and cadmium have been detected in the air of Southeast Portland. The primary source was been localized to a glass production facility that has operated there for ~40 years. They have since terminated use of these metals in their process, so there is no current risk of continued airborne exposure from this source. A similar finding has been localized to a glass production facility in North Portland, who has also … Read More

New fatality report and upcoming rigging/signaling course

OR-FACE has published Fatality Investigation Report, “Crane operator killed by falling steel beam.”  A 40-year old crane operator was killed when a clamp holding the top  of the 35-foot, 5600 lb H-beam pile unexpectedly released the pile.  The pile was not rigged to the clamp housing or attached to the crane whip line, fell striking the crane cab.  For the complete report or other fatality investigation reports go to the OR-FACE website. Based on discussions about … Read More

How’s that video coming along?

Less than ten days remain for Oregon high school students to create and submit their 90 second video entry for the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition’s annual “Work Safe. Save a Friend” contest. O[yes] seeks entries that will inspire teens to do at least one thing differently to stay safe on the job. The group looks for videos that will motivate other teens to think about the importance of speaking up for safety in the workplace, … Read More

OR-FACE report used in SAIF Ag Seminars

  There’s a new face in the 2015-2016 SAIF Agricultural Safety Seminar series. Kevin White, executive director of the Oregon Future Farmers of America Foundation, co-taught the English sessions with veteran instructor, Kevin Pfau. Although not in person, Kirk Lloyd did present a segment, “News from OSHA”, by video. The seminars began in November and will be held in 16 cities across the state. Eight sessions will be conducted entirely in Spanish.  I attended the session held in … Read More

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