Category Archives: Occupational Safety and Health Division

Construction costs rising briskly in Lane County

Many in the Lane County development community agree we have a strong economy. Interest rates remain low, the unemployment rate is at a 20-year low, and steady job growth continues. Here’s another point of agreement: Construction costs have risen substantially from last year and may continue to rise into 2019. Global trends in materials costs […]
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Lawsuit settled over explosion at Astoria marijuana processor

Jacob Magley, a construction worker injured in an explosion and fire at an Astoria marijuana production facility in 2016, has settled a lawsuit over the blast. Jonah Flynn, an attorney from Atlanta hired to represent Magley, said the parties reached a confidential settlement. Source: Lawsuit settled over explosion at Astoria marijuana processor

April proclaimed ‘Oregon Dig Safely Month’

In time for spring gardening and home improvement projects, Governor Kate Brown proclaims April as Oregon Dig Safely Month. This serves as a reminder to all Oregon homeowners and contractors to call 811 before digging to have underground facilities, such as natural gas pipelines, electrical utilities, telecommunication systems, as well as sewer and water lines […]
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Unity Center fined by state regulators for unreported assaults on employees

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division proposed a fine for a 24-hour Portland psychiatric hospital. OSHA proposed fining the Unity Center for Behavioral Health $1,650 in connection with assaults by patients on employees. OSHA found a variety of violations of occupational health and safety rules — some of them “serious” — at the Unity […]
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Intel factory death triggers $17,400 penalty against contractor 

Oregon has levied a $17,400 penalty against an Intel contractor after a manufacturing tool crushed one of the contractor’s employees last summer. The death was the worst accident in Oregon’s semiconductor industry in many years. Source: Intel factory death triggers $17,400 penalty against contractor |

Oregon wrestles with pesticide spray zone regulations

Oregon regulators are working to finalize a proposal that would protect farmworkers from drifting pesticides by allowing them to take shelter indoors. The rule, developed by the Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, seeks to address “application exclusion zones” introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency in its 2015 update of the Agricultural Worker […]
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Another Oregon Company Graduates from SHARP

About 23 employer locations in Oregon participate in SHARP at this time, and about 157 additional employers have graduated from the program. An employer becomes a graduate when it completes five years of SHARP. Source: Another Oregon Company Graduates from SHARP — Occupational Health & Safety

Records shed light on Oregon day care insecticide incident

An Oregon Department of Agriculture investigation found that the day care improperly applied an insecticide. Recently released state records say at least 43 children and seven adults reportedly suffered health problems after they were exposed to powerful insecticide at a Coos Bay day care facility. Source: Records shed light on Oregon day care insecticide incident […]
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OSHA investigating on-the-job death Monday at Eugene Country Club

The Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating a Monday morning death at the Eugene Country Club. Emergency crews were called to 255 Country Club Road just before 8 a.m., according to dispatch logs. Source: OSHA investigating on-the-job death Monday at Eugene Country Club | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Oregon OSHA investigating City of Rainier

Health and safety practices at the City of Rainier Waste Water Treatment Plant have been put under a microscope. An anonymous complaint led Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) to open an inspection with the city. Source: Oregon OSHA investigating City of Rainier | News |